TAMPA, FL (Sports Network) – Brandon Knight picked an ideal time to convert his only shot of the game, sinking a layup with two seconds remaining to lift Kentucky to a 59-57 win over Princeton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Dan Mavraides hit a fadeaway jumper in the lane to pull the Tigers even at 57 with 36.7 seconds remaining. After Kentucky called a timeout, Knight drove to the hoop and put the Wildcats ahead with a layup high off the glass. Princeton failed to get a potential game-winning shot off as Kentucky, seeded fourth in the East Region, survived to face West Virginia in the third round on Saturday.
Knight, who entered Thursday having scored in double-digits in 28 straight games, finished 1-of-8 from the field.
Darius Miller scored 17 points and Josh Harrellson added 15 with 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (26-8), who are making their record 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Mavraides had 14 points to pace Princeton (25-7), which earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid by edging Harvard on a buzzer-beater in a playoff game. The Tigers were in the tourney for the first time since 2004.