Four freshmen have now started in 138 total games in the history of the program, with 99 of those coming under the direction of John Calipari.
Freshman Dakari Johnson was UK’s first sub off the bench. It is the first time of the season he has checked into the game first.
Michigan State opened the game on a 10-0 run before Young sunk a 3-pointer with 15:16 on the clock.
With Young’s 3-pointer as UK’s first score, the Wildcats have now hit at least one from long range in 863 consecutive games. That streak is the third-longest in the nation.
The Spartans went into halftime ahead 44-32. It marked the first halftime deficit of the season for the Cats.
Kentucky opened the second half on an 8-2 run behind six quick points by Randle to pull to within six at 46-40 with 17:47 remaining. Michigan State responded with four in a row to stretch the lead back to 10 at 50-40 in less than a minute.
Behind the play of Randle’s 15 second-half points to that point and a 13-1 Wildcat run, the Blue and White pulled to within one at 60-59 with 8:03 with a runner from Andrew Harrison.
The first tie of the game since 0-0 came after Randle sunk two free throws with 3:14 remaining at 66, but Michigan State quickly scored five-straight to retake the lead.