After finding themselves down 20 to 6 early in the first half, the Washington Huskies used an extended 12 to 3 run gather the momentum to go into halftime with a slim 35 to 34 lead.
As might have been expected, it was UW's defense that helped turn the tide of the game with not only perimeter pressure, but swarming help on penetration in the latter part of the half that helped them force Kentucky into turning the ball over on just under a quarter of their possessions.
However, UK is currently dominating the rebounding battle, with Josh Harrellson grabbing a team-high eight in the first half and star Terrence Jones getting seven to go along with seven points. And despite UW's defensive efforts on the perimeter, UK freshman Brandon Knight has generally remained poised as a scorer despite making some bad decisions early that led to finishing the half with four turnovers.
Darnell Gant is unquestionably the bright spot for UW right now, leading the Huskies with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting. But one might suspect that UW will find scoring - closing that rebounding gap might be the focus in the second half.