Kentucky star Davis bangs left knee at NCAAs

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 25 2012 2:13 p.m. MDT

Kentucky's Anthony Davis (23) hits the floor after dunking the ball against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA tournament South Regional finals college basketball game Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Atlanta.

John Bazemore, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Top-seeded Kentucky got a scare when freshman star Anthony Davis went down with an injured left knee in the South Regional final against Baylor.

The Wildcats were cruising along with a big lead Sunday when Davis banged knees with Baylor's Perry Jones III on a drive to the basket early in the second half.

Davis, who leads the nation in blocked shots, stayed down along the baseline, holding his knee and writhing in pain. He finally got up and limped to the bench, where the knee was stretched out and rubbed with an ointment by a trainer.

Kentucky fans held their breath — then let out of a big cheer when Davis checked back into the game, having been out for only a couple of minutes.

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