COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chuck Hayes flirted with a rare triple-double for the third time this season before finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in Friday's 96-76 win over Florida A&M here in the NCAA Tournament.
"I probably would have had it if I had taken care of the ball," Hayes, who had four turnovers, said. "I'm just out there playing the game. I pass the ball, rebound it. If I have to score, I'll do that. But I really want that triple-double. I should have got it tonight."
He's never reached double figures in points, rebounds and assists in the same game at any level of play. He also knows Chris Mills is the only player at Kentucky ever to have a triple-double.
Hayes looked like a lock at halftime to reach the mark when he already had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds. However, the pace of the game slowed in the second half and he also sat out six minutes, including the final four.