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Wildcats shut down Fletcher Magee as Terriers’ run ends

The nation’s longest winning streak is over.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Wofford vs Kentucky Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

It looked good long enough for us all to get our hopes up.

Wofford scored the first five points of the game, made a bevy of ridiculous, contested jumpers, and seemed to have Kentucky on the ropes despite star Fletcher Magee struggling.

The Wildcats’ defense was just a little too much and the Terriers went cold at the exact wrong time, and their magical 2018-19 run came to an end on Saturday, 62-56, in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky was all over Magee from the start, throwing two defenders at him and rarely giving him a clean look at the basket — a wise move after watching him go seven-for-12 from three against Seton Hall on Thursday. Nathan Hoover kept the Terriers in it, and even ahead for most of the first half, scoring 11 before the break.

The teams went shot-for-shot in the first six minutes of the second half before the Wildcats unleashed a 13-4 run to go ahead by nine. They never trailed again. The Terriers missed nine out of 11 shots in that span.

Meanwhile Magee was never quite able to get going. He missed all 12 of his three-point attempts and went four-for-17 from the field in total — many of those makes coming with a hand in his face.

Wofford kept it close down to the end — Hoover and Storm Murphy in particular — it just wasn’t enough. Magee forced a few shots in the final minutes and still couldn’t find his stroke. Reid Travis (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyler Herro (nine points) made their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Kentucky moves on to the Sweet 16 where it will face the winner of Houston and Ohio State in Kansas City on Friday.