College Basketball Roundup | Gardner- Webb shocks Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Billy Gillispie's second game as Kentucky's coach was one he'd rather forget — and Gardner-Webb will remember for a long time.
Grayson Flittner scored 22 points to help Gardner-Webb beat the No. 20 Wildcats 84-68 Wednesday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
"You can't just show up on the court and think you're going to beat somebody because you wear a certain jersey," said Gillispie, who turned 48 Wednesday. "We didn't play like a hunter tonight."
Instead, the Wildcats were the prey the entire game, falling behind 14-0 and never cutting the deficit under seven points.
"A lot of people will think this is a misprint, but I hope not," Gardner-Webb coach Rick Scruggs said. "I hope they get to see it and can enjoy it. It's going to take a few days to settle in."
Kentucky, Division I's winningest program, hadn't lost a regular-season game to a mid-major since falling to Western Kentucky on Nov. 15, 2001, in that season's opener. It lost to Alabama-Birmingham in 2004 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
• Freshman forward Austin Daye scored 17 points to lead six Gonzaga players in double figures in the 14th-ranked Bulldogs' 101-70 exhibition win over Emporia State.
Jeremy Pargo had 16 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 57 percent from the field. Micah Downs scored 14 points, David Pendergraft 12, Robert Sacre 11 and Abdullahi Kuso 10 for Gonzaga.
• The Big East will include all 16 conference members in its postseason basketball tournament beginning in 2009, after leaving four schools out since expanding in 2005-06. The presidents of the schools made the decision at their annual meeting in Philadelphia.
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