After a first half that made you want to gouge your eyes out with a fire poker, Kentucky shook off the rust from a very long hiatus and Camp Cal to runaway from Mississippi State 85-63.
James Young statistically was the player of the game scoring a game high and career tying high 26 points, but there was once again a lot to like when this game came to an end.
One was the energetic play of Dominique Hawkins. This kid doesn't score a lot (at least not right now) but the energy and passion he brings to the floor is priceless and something this team needs more often than not. Another bright spot in the game was the play of Dakari Johnson who was a perfect 4-4 from the field ending the night with 8 points. Both Dakari and Dominique will be great two to three year players under Cal.
Tonight marked the first time Julius Randle failed to reach double digits in the scoring column (8 points) while wearing a Kentucky uniform, but that didn't stop him from doing his usual work on the boards finishing the night with a game high 14 boards with 6 of them coming on the offensive end.
All in all, it was good to see the Cats open SEC play with a victory and get things turned around in the second half.
Post game quotes to follow soon...