Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Portland

November 27, 2011 

Fast Break

A quick summary of Kentucky's 87-63 win over Portland

Talking points

The offense again came out sluggish, but Portland started 2-for-14 from the field. Kentucky methodically pulled away, leading 31-15. UK's interior defense was smothering, but Portland hung around by hitting half of its 12 three-pointers in the first half. The UK lead was 38-26 at the half, with Terrence Jones scoring 10 for UK. Portland was within 43-37 before UK went on a 15-2 run to put this one away. Darius Miller scored 17 points in the second half. Six Cats scored nine points or more.

Telling numbers

■ In the first half, Portland was 6-for-12 on three-pointers but only 3-for-18 inside the arc. It didn't help that UK blocked seven of those shots. Scoring in the paint in the first half was 18-4.

■ Portland outrebounded UK 39-38, and the margin was more than that most of the game.

■ Portland made 11 of 23 shots from three-point range.

Thumbs up

■ Matt Roark completed the "Y" to a standing ovation. Within 25 seconds of that, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had monster dunks, and soon after a six-point lead became 19. Has anyone ever had a better Senior Day than Roark?

■ UK committed one turnover in the first half while handing out 11 assists.

Thumbs down

It's being picky, but UK continues to have stretches when it seems to be on cruise. Those spurts could be trouble when the opposition gets stronger. No. 1 Carolina awaits on Saturday.

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