Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kentucky vs. Belmont Game Notes

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 93, Belmont 80

Team Records, Notes
Kentucky is 9-3 and Belmont is 8-5.
This was the first meeting between UK and Belmont. Coach John Calipari is 2-0 vs. the Bruins.
Kentucky is 36-0 against teams currently comprising the Ohio Valley Conference.
After the Christmas break, Kentucky will play host to Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 28.  Game time is 4 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.

First-Half Facts
Kentucky started Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Belmont grabbed the first lead on a three-pointer by Drew Windler on the Bruins’ first possession.  Belmont never trailed in the first half.
Tied at 12, Belmont went on a 13-2 spurt to go ahead 25-14, its largest lead of the game.
After the Wildcats missed their first seven 3-point attempts, Jarrod Polson sank one at the 8:14 mark.
Trailing 41-32, UK tied the game with a 9-0 run.
Windler, who tallied 14 points in the opening stanza, put the Bruins ahead 43-41 at halftime with a pair of foul shots with 1.6 seconds remaining.
UK is now 2-2 this season when trailing at intermission.

Second-Half Story   
Kentucky tied the game at 44, 46 and 48 before taking its first lead of the game, 50-48, at the 16:20 mark on a driving layup by Aaron Harrison. He followed with a rim-rattling jumper to make it 52-48.
Kentucky gradually edged away, leading by as much as 14 points at 92-78.

Team Notes
Kentucky has won 16 consecutive home games and is 75-2 in Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
Kentucky shot 55.2 percent from the field, the fifth time this season the Wildcats have gone over 50 percent.
Entering the game with a rebound margin of +12.4 per game, UK had a +17 margin today at 42-25.
UK’s inside advantage led to a 52-34 edge in points in the paint.

Individual Notes
Julius Randle piled up a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds.
His ninth double-double of the season.
His fifth 20-point game of the season.
He has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season.

Aaron Harrison collected 23 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
It is his fourth 20-point game of season, including back-to-back with the North Carolina game.

Willie Cauley-Stein had a season-high 16 points and added seven rebounds.

With Andrew Harrison dealing with foul trouble, Dominique Hawkins came off the bench for a career-high 22 minutes of action. He scored two points and had career highs with three assists and four rebounds.

Jarrod Polson also came off the bench for a season-high 21 minutes of action, tallying a three-point shot and an assist.

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