LEXINGTON, Ky. — The out-of-sorts look on Kentucky players’ faces late in the game was perhaps the best indication of how well things were going for Cleveland State on Monday night.
The Vikings were leading by 10 points with 7:41 left and seemed to have an answer for every Wildcats (5-1) salvo with Bryn Forbes leading the way. But the momentum quickly changed as Kentucky’s highly-touted freshmen woke up and took charge, leading a big stretch run that left Cleveland State (3-3) with a 68-61 defeat instead of the signature victory against the nation’s third-ranked team.
“I mean, we were in control of the game, but down the stretch we let the adversity get to us and we let the environment get to us,” said Vikings guard Trey Lewis.
Forbes’ 22 points led the Vikings. Julius Randle led Kentucky with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
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