Purples Reign Supreme, Defeat University Heights 85-57


LEXINGTON, Ky. – What started out as a tightly contested game turned into the second blowout in as many contests to open the 2021 KHSAA Sweet 16 as Bowling Green cruised past University Heights 85-57.

The opening quarter saw six lead changes and four ties with Bowling Green taking an 18-17 lead into the second quarter.

Bowling Green (24-2) would double up the Blazers 48-24 in the second and third quarters combined to put any hopes of a UHA upset to rest.

UHA (15-10) did have some bright spots, but Bowling Green was just too powerful and used its length to dominate the boards.

Bowling Green outrebounded UHA by a 49-25 count including a whopping 32 rebounds in the second half.

The Purples were led in scoring by Turner Buttry with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 3-for-4 shooting from long range and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Buttry’s 50-plus foot shot at the halftime buzzer was the icing on the cake of a 24-11 quarter that saw the Purples go on a 12-5 run over the final 3:22 of the stanza.

Isaiah Mason, a Northern Kentucky University signee, poured in 16 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes of action for Bowling Green.

Jacobi Huddleston added a double-double for the Purples with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Bowling Green played extremely an unselfish, team-oriented game that saw 24 assists on 31 made shots.

UHA saw K.J. Crump tie Bowling Green’s Buttry to most points scored with 20 despite only shooting 7-for-18 from the field.

Bowling Green used its size to cause UHA havoc inside the arc and limited the Blazers to just 28 points in the paint to the Purples’ 44.

D.J. Bryan added 16 points and five assists for the Blazers, who shot just 34.4 percent for the game.

Bowling Green advances on to take on the winner of the Madison Central/Ballard game in the quarterfinals beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.

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