Injuries to Ramon Harris and Michael Porter shortened Kentucky's roster but increased the chances for junior college transfer Kevin Galloway to contribute.
Galloway contributed a season-high 19 minutes and his first points of the season to UK's 103-61 victory over Lamar Wednesday night.
Galloway, who had played only eight minutes previously this season, also grabbed his first rebounds (three), blocked his first shots (two) and got credit for five assists.
"Kevin's getting his time," teammate Patrick Patterson said. "... Kevin can offer a bunch of stuff. Soon his entire game will come to him."
Junior college transfers typically need a semester or more to become productive Division I players. But since Kentucky basketball operates on Gillispie time, Galloway hasn't had that luxury. UK Coach Billy Gillispie recently joked (?) that he expected the transition to be complete within two weeks.
After noting how Galloway had to adjust to not being the team's main man for the first time in his career, Gillispie cited a change in attitude.
"The best way to fix something is work," the UK coach said. "He's working with a purpose. Instead of waiting for somebody to give him something, he's taken the approach of (working for playing time). There aren't too many gifts in life."
Jodie Meeks, who had eight assists and 31 turnovers going into the Lamar game, turned that ratio around against the Cardinals. He had a career-high six assists and a season-low one turnover.
"I was happy about that," said Meeks, who watched video to see what he had been doing wrong. "I was forcing it a little bit, throwing passes I shouldn't."
When asked if he felt embarrassment about the eight assists and 31 turnovers, Meeks shook his head.
"I don't think so," he said. "Everything I'm doing I'm doing as hard as I can."
Patterson grabbed a season-low three rebounds, none until the 12:25 mark of the second half.
"I heard about it at halftime," Patterson said. "I wasn't hustling for the rebounds like I was in Las Vegas. I wasn't positioning myself, just lackadaisical on the rebound part."
Patterson had double-digit rebounds in the last three games and four of the last five.
Tubbs on Liggins
Former Oklahoma Coach Billy Tubbs was in Rupp Arena. He now works as Lamar's athletic director.
When asked his reaction to how Gillispie handled DeAndre Liggins' refusal to re-enter a game last Friday, Tubbs counseled flexibility.
Tubbs recalled being an assistant at North Texas when a player refused to enter the game. "Our coach sent the kid back home the next day," Tubbs said. "That's a coach's decision. Everybody handles it a little different."
One key question, Tubbs said, is this: "Who are you punishing? The kid? The team? Yourself?"
Tubbs, who once considered hiring Gillispie as an assistant, then offered another key factor. "Usually when it's a first offense, that's a big difference," he said. "You have to work through that. We all need a lot of chances."
One question is whether Liggins' equalling a season-high 27 minutes the next night might embolden teammates to ignore Gillispie's orders.
"That's just speculation unless you know the situation," Tubbs said. "Obviously, that's a question a coach has to ask. That's up to Billy Clyde."
The 25 assists were the most for a UK team since Dec. 29, 2004 (27 against Campbell). ... UK last scored 100 or more points in two games of a season in 2003-04.