SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - John Wall and top-seeded Kentucky overcame
an early deficit with a swarming defense, stopping Cornell's
captivating NCAA tournament run with a 62-45 win Thursday night in
the East Regional semifinals.
With much of the Carrier Dome crowd - and the country - pulling
for an upset by the 12th-seeded Ivy Leaguers, Cornell bolted to a
10-2 lead in the opening minutes.
But quickly, Wall and the Wildcats (35-2) displayed all the
NBA-caliber talent that makes them a traditional powerhouse.
Kentucky led 32-16 at halftime and made it 38-21 before Cornell
(29-5) climbed back into it.
Ahead by 40-34 with 5½ minutes left, coach John Calipari's team
kept its composure and advanced to play No. 2 seed West Virginia on
Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.