LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Brandon Knight scored 23 points and No. 10
Kentucky bounced back from its first loss of the season with a
91-57 win over Boston University on Tuesday night.
Terrence Jones added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats
(5-1), who shot 59 percent from the field and overwhelmed the
Terriers (4-4) over the final 20 minutes.
Kentucky led by just seven points at halftime before opening the
second half on an 18-3 run to break things open.
John Holland led the Terriers with 20 points but Boston U. shot
just 29 percent and had no answer after the Wildcats shook off a
sluggish first half with perhaps their best basketball of the
Kentucky coach John Calipari was on the sideline two days after
the passing of his mother, Donna, who died on Sunday following a
lengthy battle with cancer.
The players honored her by sporting black socks, while
Kentucky's assistants donned black suits and some fans -
particularly in the student section - wore black T-shirts.
Calipari thanked everyone for their support before the game via
his Twitter and Facebook accounts, saying he was sure his mother
was watching from "the luxury boxes with a whole crew of UK
luminaries cheering right along with her."
Calipari called his team too "selfish" following an 84-67 loss
to Connecticut in the finals of the Maui Invitational, a game in
which the Wildcats were dominated from nearly the opening tip.
He urged them to communicate better on defense and share the
ball on offense.
They did that after perhaps shaking off some late jet lag from
Kentucky led just 40-33 at halftime as Boston hung around by
attacking the offensive boards and harassing the Wildcats into
Any hopes of pulling the upset and giving Kentucky its first
losing streak under Calipari, however, evaporated during a
blistering opening 8 minutes to the second half.
The run started slowly with two free throws by Jones before the
Wildcats really heated up. Doron Lamb hit a runner in the lane,
DeAndre Liggins knocked down a 3-pointer and Knight followed with a
pullup jumper following a steal by Lamb.
Knight drilled a 3-pointer on Kentucky's next trip before a
layup by Jones and a 3-pointer by Darius Miller mushroomed the lead
to 57-36. Boston U. coach Patrick Chambers then received a
technical foul and Jones hit a free throws, but the Wildcats were
just getting started.
Josh Harrellson tipped in a miss by Jones then added a layup off
a nifty no-look pass from Jones. Miller and Lamb added 3-pointers
and by the time Miller converted an alley-oop the Wildcats were up
70-40 and could start thinking about a showdown at North Carolina
Harrellson finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lamb
wound up with 13 as Kentucky knocked down 10 of 16 3-pointers.
A week after Calipari blasted his team for being "me first,"
the Wildcats had 21 assists on 32 field goals, including six by
It was more than enough to fend off the Terriers, who came in
with notable wins over Nevada, Cornell and George Washington but
were no match when Kentucky hit the gas after halftime.
BOSTON U. (4-4)
O'Brien 2-10 3-4 8, Hazel 1-2 0-0 2, Partin 4-14 2-3 11, Irving 0-3 0-0 0, Holland 6-19 5-5 20, Griffin 4-9 2-2 13, Terry Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 1-4 1-1 3, Robinson 0-1 0-2 0, Kurz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-63 13-17 57.
Jones 7-12 3-5 18, Harrellson 6-7 0-0 12, Miller 3-3 0-0 8, Knight 8-12 3-3 23, Liggins 2-6 4-6 9, Poole Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Hood 1-2 0-0 2, Polson 0-1 2-2 2, Lamb 5-9 1-2 13, Vargas 0-2 4-6 4. Totals 32-54 17-24 91.
Halftime-Kentucky 40-33. 3-Point Goals-Boston U. 8-22 (Griffin 3-4, Holland 3-7, O'Brien 1-5, Partin 1-5, Robinson 0-1), Kentucky 10-16 (Knight 4-6, Miller 2-2, Lamb 2-4, Liggins 1-1, Jones 1-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Boston U. 31 (Holland 7), Kentucky 41 (Harrellson 11). Assists-Boston U. 8 (Griffin 3), Kentucky 21 (Knight 6). Total Fouls-Boston U. 16, Kentucky 15. Technical-Boston U. Bench. A-21,684.
Team Records and Series Info
• Kentucky is 5-1 this season while Boston is now 4-4.
• UK leads the series with Boston 3-0, with all games played in Lexington.
• UK is 6-0 all-time against the current alignment of the America East Conference.
• The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 4, at North Carolina. The game begins at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS.
• Kentucky used the starting lineup of Brandon Knight, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson.
• Kentucky took the lead for good at 9-7 with 15:33 remaining on a layup by Josh Harrellson.
• UK led by as many as nine points on two occasions in the first half before taking a 40-33 advantage at intermission.
• Five Wildcats scored in the first half, with all five tallying at least six points. Jones and Knight led the way with 10 each. It’s the fourth time in five games that Knight scored double digits in the first half and the third time this season that Jones has done so.
• Kentucky scored the first 12 points of the second half. The Wildcats put the game away by stretching the run to 28-5 in the first 7:10 of the half, making the score 68-38.
• Kentucky led by as many as 39 points at 88-49.
• Kentucky limited Boston to 28.6 percent shooting from the field, the Wildcats’ best defensive performance of the season.
o UK is 5-0 this season when holding the opponent under 45 percent from the field and outrebounding the opponent.
• Kentucky shot 59.3 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent on three-pointers, season highs in both categories.
• Josh Harrellson and Terrence Jones each reached double-doubles. The last time multiple Wildcats had double-doubles in the same game was Feb. 16, 2010 when DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and John Wall did so in an overtime win at Mississippi State.
• Kentucky is 20-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
• Kentucky is now 5-0 all-time in the first games after the Wildcats’ five Hawaii trips.
• Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 755 consecutive games.
• Brandon Knight led the way with 23 points and six assists, both game highs.
o It is Knight’s third 20-point game of the season.
o Also had personal bests with six rebounds and six assists.
• Terrence Jones collected his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
• Josh Harrellson also collected his first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. It is the second double-double of his career. The last one was more than two years ago, Nov. 29, 2008, vs. West Virginia (12 points and 10 rebounds).