LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points, including a key drive with 1:44 remaining, and Jaylen Johnson and Donovan Mitchell combined for four points in the final 16 seconds to help No. 10 Louisville beat No. 6 Kentucky 73-70 on Wednesday night in the 50th battle for Bluegrass bragging rights.
After managing just two rebounds in 28 minutes last year in Lexington, Snider rebounded with 10-of-19 shooting to help the Cardinals earn a signature win against their in-state rival. But he needed help down the stretch with Johnson’s layup with 16 seconds left and Mitchell’s two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge that helped end a four-game losing streak in the series.
Malik Monk’s 3-point attempt to tie for Kentucky bounced off the front of the rim with 3 seconds left.
The tense ending was fitting in a thriller that featured 10 ties and nine lead changes between foes located about 80 miles apart.
De’Aaron Fox led Kentucky (10-2) with 21 points while Monk had 16 a game after scoring a freshman-record 47 against North Carolina.