- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray had a second half few players ever get to experience.

He made seven 3-pointers in eight attempts. He scored 27 of his season-high 33 points. He had a neutral-site crowd roaring as his team tried to come back from a 16-point deficit with 11:26 to play.

The Wildcats got close - within three - but they lost 74-67 to Ohio State on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center.

“We have to come out and understand that these teams are coming at us with their best shot,” Murray said. “They came out today and hit 60 to 70 percent of their shots early on and they hit us in the mouth. We weren’t able to recover until late in the game, and at that point it was too late.”

It wasn’t Murray’s fault. The 6-foot-4 native of Kitchener, Ontario was hitting everything. He always found a way to create a little space and that meant another 3.

“That’s exactly what we need him to do. We need that fire at all points of the game,” teammate Marcus Lee said. “You can’t light it under him and so he goes just so we can start going. We need him to start picking it up a whole lot earlier and getting into it earlier.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari was upset with Murray in the first half when he was 3 for 10 from the field and missed his only 3-point attempt.

“The way he started the game, I had to take him out twice because he wasn’t being aggressive,” Calipari said. “In the second half he got going when we were down. We need to play winning basketball when we’re up taking good shots, taking care of the ball. He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s really talented. He can do some stuff with that ball. We’ve just got to get him playing right.”

Ohio State had all eight of its players score between six and 14 points.

“Being an underdog, we had nothing to lose,” Ohio State’s Marc Loving said. “We had a chip on our shoulder from the beginning and we felt very, very prepared for this game and we executed our system.”

The Buckeyes (6-5) took a 37-25 halftime lead. The crowd of 16,311 was almost all in blue, and they got very vocal as the rally went on. It was unfair to call this a neutral-site game.

A 3 by Alex Poythress brought Kentucky within 63-60 with 4 minutes to play and there weren’t many people in the building who didn’t think it was just a matter of time before the Wildcats would have the lead.

The Buckeyes, who had missed three of their last five free throws, suddenly started making them. Kam Williams made two and so did Daniel Giddens and the lead was back to 67-60 with 2:54 left.

Murray, with a 3 and a drive, got Kentucky within four twice but Jae’Sean Tate scored down low and there were three more free throws after Kentucky misses and Ohio State had the upset.

Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points for Ohio State.

Lee had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.

“We still have to learn how to win. We didn’t start the game. They were the aggressor and they came after us,” Calipari said. “These guys have just played basketball in the past. Now we got to teach them how to win.”

NEXT YEAR: The third edition of the CBS Sports Classic will be played next year in Las Vegas. The matchups will be North Carolina against Kentucky and Ohio State meeting UCLA. The inaugural Classic was held in Chicago last year.

TIP-INS:

Ohio State: The Buckeyes came in having won three of four with the loss at Connecticut. … Ohio State lost to North Carolina in last year’s CBS Sports Classic … Tate had six points and 10 rebounds. The Buckeyes finished with a 42-40 rebound advantage.

Kentucky: Calipari stays at 199 career wins at Kentucky. He is 199-40. … The two teams that have beaten Kentucky this season were in the building - Ohio State and UCLA, which lost to North Carolina in the opener of the doubleheader. … The loss snapped Kentucky’s three-game winning streak over the Buckeyes.

UP NEXT:

Ohio State hosts Mercer on Tuesday.

Kentucky hosts No. 19 Louisville on Dec. 26.

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