Meeks Leads The Way In UK Win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 46
points as Kentucky blew out Appalachian State 93-69 on Saturday.
Meeks did it all, making 14-of-21 field goals, including 9-of-14
3-pointers and hitting 9-of-10 free throws as the Wildcats (8-3)
won for the eighth time in nine games. Meeks' total was the most by
a Kentucky player since Dan Issel scored 47 against Alabama in
1970.
Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for
Kentucky.
Kellen Brand had 16 points and Ryann Abraham added 14 points for
Appalachian State (4-4), but the Mountaineers shot just 33 percent
from the field and had now answer for Meeks.
Meeks outscored the Mountaineers by himself in the first half,
pouring in 24 points as the Wildcats took a 53-21 lead at the break
and cruised in the second half.
The only suspense over the final 20 minutes would be whether
Meeks would become the fourth Kentucky player in the program's long
history to top 50 points. He gave it a shot but tired late before
departing to a standing ovation with less than a minute to go.
By then the game had long since been in hand as Meeks did
whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. Working off screens for
jumpers, driving through the lane, getting out on the break, Meeks
appeared to be all the way back from a series of health problems
that plagued his sophomore season.
Meeks got started early, hitting a 3-pointer during Kentucky's
game-opening 10-0 run. The Mountaineers managed to cut the deficit
to six before the Wildcats put together a 15-0 burst midway through
the first half to give themselves enough cushion.
The Wildcats - who entered the game averaging 17 turnovers a
game - gave it away 15 times against the Mountaineers, most of
those in the second half with the game already well in hand.
Kentucky went nearly 10 minutes without turning it over. The
Mountaineers were hardly as crisp, struggling to hold onto the ball
as the Wildcats overwhelmed them from the start.
The game was the first of two visits by Kentucky to Freedom
Hall, the home of archrival Louisville. Meeks certainly looked
comfortable in enemy territory as the Wildcats played with the kind
of urgency coach Billy Gillispie was looking for against
Appalachian State's up-tempo attack.
The Mountaineers came in averaging 80 points a game but couldn't
get it going against the bigger, stronger Wildcats. Appalachian
State tried to pound the ball inside early but missed its first
eight shots. By the time Brand ended the drought with a layup, the
Mountaineers already trailed by double digits.
Kentucky forward Ramon Harris scored four points had two
rebounds in nine minutes in his first game since being hospitalized
with a neck injury on Dec. 3.

KENTUCKY 93, APPALACHIAN ST. 69
APPALACHIAN ST. (4-4)
Hunter 3-8 1-2 7, Butts 2-5 2-2 6, Sims 1-7 2-2 4, Bermudez 1-6
1-2 4, Brand 5-12 4-4 16, Abraham 3-7 5-6 14, Dowdell 2-3 0-0 4,
Hughes 1-2 1-4 3, Archer 0-1 0-0 0, Booth 0-4 0-0 0, Wright 0-4 2-2
2, Highsmith 0-0 0-0 0, Webb 1-1 0-0 2, Williamson 2-4 3-5 7.
Totals 21-64 21-29 69.
KENTUCKY (8-3)
Galloway 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 1-3 0-0 3, Stevenson 3-7 0-0 7, Meeks
14-21 9-10 46, Patterson 6-13 7-7 19, Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Slone 0-1
0-0 0, Krebs 0-0 0-0 0, Halsell 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 4-6 1-1 9,
Harris 1-1 2-2 4, Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Liggins 1-4 0-0 2, Carter 0-2
0-0 0, Harrellson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-63 19-20 93.
Halftime-Kentucky 53-21. 3-Point Goals-Appalachian St. 6-18
(Abraham 3-5, Brand 2-3, Bermudez 1-2, Wright 0-2, Booth 0-2, Sims
0-4), Kentucky 12-23 (Meeks 9-14, Porter 1-2, Miller 1-2, Stevenson
1-3, Slone 0-1, Stewart 0-1). Fouled Out-Stewart.
Rebounds-Appalachian St. 42 (Butts, Hunter 6), Kentucky 34
(Patterson 7). Assists-Appalachian St. 10 (Abraham, Wright 3),
Kentucky 23 (Porter 5). Total Fouls-Appalachian St. 17, Kentucky
21. Technicals-Bermudez, Appalachian St. Bench. A-10,173. grams.
Duk


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