LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Terrence Jones set a Kentucky freshman
single-game scoring record with 35 points as the 13th-ranked
Wildcats rolled by Auburn 78-54 on Tuesday night.
Jones broke the previous record of 32 points - set by teammate
Doron Lamb against Winthrop last month - behind a series of jumpers
and layups as Kentucky (13-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) easily
avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari.
Calipari challenged the Wildcats to be tougher after getting
pushed around in a loss to Georgia on Saturday. Kentucky didn't
have to do much to flex its muscle against the overmatched Tigers,
but wasted little time putting them away. The Wildcats built a
19-point lead before the game was 10 minutes old and cruised from
Allen Payne led the Tigers (7-9, 0-2) with 15 points and Kenny
Gabriel added 10 but the basketball team couldn't muster the magic
the football team used to win the national championship on Monday
Jones began the game on the bench for the first time this
season. He's been battling cold and flu symptoms for the better
part of two months but Calipari has also been critical of his
players for feeling a little too content at times and hinted lineup
changes might be made after the Wildcats lost to the Bulldogs.
If the coach was trying to send a message to Jones, it worked.
Jones made 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed
eight rebounds in 30 mostly energetic minutes.
Brandon Knight added 13 points and six assists and Lamb finished
with eight points and seven assists.
Calipari improved to 4-0 against Auburn coach Tony Barbee, who
played for Calipari at Massachusetts and later served as an
assistant under Calipari at both UMass and Memphis.
Barbee called Calipari the most influential man in his life
behind his father. While Calipari believes Barbee can turn around
Auburn's moribund basketball program, Calipari's team showed just
how wide the chasm is between the Tigers and the top teams in the
The Tigers shot 34 percent, turned it over 15 times and never
threatened to give the Wildcats their first loss at Rupp Arena
during Calipari's tenure.
Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter, ruled permanently
ineligible by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits from a
Turkish club team two years ago, appeared to be embracing his new
role as an undergraduate assistant. Kanter, wearing a white sweat
suit, held a clipboard at times.
For a night at least, Kentucky didn't need him. The Wildcats
dominated from the opening tip, needing less than 10 minutes to
build a 19-point lead as the Tigers again sputtered.
Auburn managed just six first-half points in a loss to LSU last
weekend. The Tigers weren't nearly as inept this time, surpassing
the mark on a layup by Josh Langford with 10 minutes to go in the
half, but all it did was cut Kentucky's lead to 17 points.
Still, Auburn kept scrapping, getting under Jones' skin at one
point. He was fouled while being trapped in the backcourt on one
possession and fell to the ground. Before he could get up Payne
came perilously close to stepping on him. Jones took exception
while he scrambled to his feet and the referees stepped in to
separate the players.
Jones exacted a bit of revenge just before the half, grabbing a
rebound then dribbling up the court as time wound down. He pulled
up and hit a 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give Kentucky a 41-21
lead and remind the Tigers that football season is officially over.
The talented but sometimes erratic Jones was just starting to
heat up. He scored 22 points in the second half, tying Lamb's
record on a 3-pointer that put Kentucky up 69-47 then breaking it
moments later on a free throw.
He walked off the court to a rousing ovation then received a
friendly shove from Lamb before taking a seat on the bench.