Kentucky took charge of this one out of the gate, hitting 7-for-10 to go up 18-2. Anthony Davis scored 10 quick points to go along with seven early rebounds as the lead built to 29-9. Terrence Jones injured his finger and struggled when in the game (0 points, 1 rebound in the first half). After building the early lead, UK seemed to be on cruise control.
Biggest crowd reaction in the second half came when Kyle Wiltjer stroked consecutive three-pointers and UK led 64-37.
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■ After UK jumped out 18-2, the teams played even the rest of the first half.
■ UK was 4-for-14 in the first half on three-pointers. That meant they had hit 10-for-40 over the last five halves.
■ UK hit eight three-pointers in the second half.
■ UK has frequently struggled early. This one was decided before you could type Tennessee-Chattanooga as UK scored the first 13 points.
■ Davis came ready. Double-double at halftime.
■ Doron Lamb can "quietly" score 24 points in a variety of ways.
■ As lively as Rupp Arena was against North Carolina, it was that somber Saturday night.
Herald-Leader Staff Report