Tshiebwe leads the way for No. 16 Kentucky over Yale, 69-59

Dec 9, 2022, 10:05 PM | Updated: Dec 10, 2022, 12:08 pm
Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler (2) drives on Yale's Bez Mbeng, left, during the first half of an NCAA co...

Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler (2) drives on Yale's Bez Mbeng, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

(AP Photo/James Crisp)

              Yale's EJ Jarvis (15) and Isaiah Kelly (35) go for a rebound in front of Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
            
              Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe (34) is pressured by Yale's Jack Molloy (33) and Yussif Basa-Ama (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
            
              Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler, right, drives on Yale's Bez Mbeng during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
            
              Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler (2) drives on Yale's Bez Mbeng, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

LEXINGTON (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe scored 28 points and had 12 rebounds to lead No. 16 Kentucky to a 69-59 win over Yale on Saturday.

The Wildcats (7-2) pushed their winning streak to four games in a tougher-than-expected contest against the Bulldogs (8-3) from the Ivy League. Yale opened the second half with an 8-0 run to tie the score at 33 before Tshiebwe scored 12 straight to help the Wildcats regain control.

Sahvir Wheeler and Antonio Reeves had 10 points each for Kentucky.

Jack Malloy led Yale with 14 points, followed by EJ Jarvis with 12 and August Mahoney with 10.

Cason Wallace scored eight of Kentucky’s first 12 points. The Wildcats led by 12 twice in the first half before Yale narrowed the margin to 33-27 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Yale: The Bulldogs opened with an 8-1 start, their best since the 1945-46 season, but have now lost two in a row. All of Yale’s games in December are on the road this month. The Bulldogs hadn’t played at Kentucky since 1961.

Kentucky: The Wildcats made four 3-pointers on eight attempts in the first half and have made 45 through the first nine games. The Wildcats have won 25 straight games at home, the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference. Tshiebwe has recorded a double-double in 33 of 41 games at Kentucky.

UP NEXT

Yale: At Fairfield on Monday.

Kentucky: Hosts No. 19 UCLA next Saturday.

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