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Kentucky Wins Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS (AP)- Jodie Meeks scored a game-high 19 points to lead
Kentucky to an upset win over West Virginia 54-43 in the
championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.
Meeks, who was named the tournament MVP, went 12-of-12 from the
free throw line. Patrick Patterson added 15 points and 10 rebounds
for Kentucky (4-2), who held the Mountaineers to four points in the
final 7:39.
After West Virginia (4-1) led as many as 12 in the second half,
the Wildcats rallied to take a 37-36 lead with 7:31 left. Kentucky
never trailed again building its largest lead in the final seconds.
Alex Ruoff led the Mountaineers with 10 points.
The Mountaineers jumped to a 9-2 lead and never trailed in a low
scoring first half, leading 26-16 at halftime.

KENTUCKY 54, WEST VIRGINIA 43
KENTUCKY (4-2)
Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Stevenson 1-2 2-2 4, Patterson 6-8 3-3 15,
Meeks 3-11 12-12 19, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-4 0-0 0, Stewart
0-2 0-0 0, Liggins 1-4 2-3 4, Harrellson 4-6 4-5 12. Totals 15-39
23-25 54.
WEST VIRGINIA (4-1)
Butler 2-9 3-4 7, Ebanks 2-5 0-2 4, Smith 1-1 0-0 3, Ruoff 3-13
3-4 10, Mazzulla 1-3 2-2 4, Thoroughman 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 2-6 0-0 4,
Bryant 1-4 2-4 5, Flowers 3-7 0-1 6, Proby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-49
10-17 43.
Halftime-West Virginia 26-16. 3-Point Goals-Kentucky 1-5 (Meeks
1-3, Liggins 0-1, Miller 0-1), West Virginia 3-18 (Smith 1-1,
Bryant 1-1, Ruoff 1-10, Mazzulla 0-1, Flowers 0-1, Ebanks 0-2,
Butler 0-2). Fouled Out-Mazzulla. Rebounds-Kentucky 36 (Harrellson,
Patterson 10), West Virginia 26 (Butler 9). Assists-Kentucky 10
(Liggins, Miller 3), West Virginia 7 (Mazzulla 3). Total
Fouls-Kentucky 18, West Virginia 25. A-NA. s from Tyl


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