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UK Rips the Nets, Winthrop 89-52

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By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The last time Doron Lamb couldn't crack
the starting lineup, the Kentucky freshman guard was in eighth
grade.
The next season, he led his team in scoring, a "take that" he
still relishes to this day.
Five years later, Lamb again finds himself on the bench during
the opening tip. This time, however, he's not complaining.
When he gets on the floor, his role is to provide some scoring
punch to Kentucky's thin second unit. On Wednesday against
Winthrop, he did it better than any freshman in school history,
pouring in a record 32 points in an 89-52 victory.
"It was a big-time game, he didn't miss any shots," Kentucky
coach John Calipari said.
Well, almost none. Lamb went 11 of 12 from the field, making 7
of 8 3-pointers to break the freshman record of 31 points set by
Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 3, 1991, against Georgia. Lamb set the
record on a nifty layup that put the Wildcats up 28 with 6:38
remaining before walking off to a standing ovation moments later.
"I didn't even realize I was hitting a lot of 3s," Lamb said.
Brandon Knight shook off a left knee contusion to finish with 21
points and five rebounds as the Wildcats (9-2) breezed into the
Christmas break with ease.
Matt Morgan led Winthrop (5-7) with 18 points, but the weary
Eagles had no answer for Lamb and Knight. Kentucky shot 52 percent
to remain undefeated at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
"We got down in a hurry," Winthrop coach Randy Peele said.
"We didn't have enough presence defensively on the basketball. For
us to come in and win this game, the only chance we had would be if
they don't make 3s."
No such luck on Wednesday. Kentucky made 12 of 22 3-pointers,
including 10 of 14 in the first half to take a 19-point lead and
spent most of the second half thinking about a much-needed
Christmas break.
A game after being ejected for the second time in his coaching
career, Calipari kept his cool against the Eagles. Then again,
there wasn't much to complain about.
Other than another sloppy performance by freshman forward
Terrence Jones - 11 points and six rebounds on 5 of 16 shooting -
Kentucky played crisply. The Wildcats turned it over 11 times,
including three times in the second half as the lead continued to
balloon.
Lamb has blossomed in the role of sixth-man because of the
freedom it provides him. His job is to put it up. The way he's
playing, however, it may be difficult to keep him out of the
starting lineup.
He can score in a variety of ways, though he didn't have to
against the Eagles. He spent much of the afternoon standing wide
open behind the 3-point line and was only too happy to knock them
down. He made his first five and, when Winthrop stepped out to
guard him, blew by his defender for a layup.
"The guy is a pro," Winthrop forward Charles Corbin said. "If
he's open, he's going to make the shot."
The rest of the Wildcats were nearly as hot. It took Kentucky
less than 5 minutes to build a double-digit lead and had little
trouble the rest of the way.
Knight gave Calipari a major scare early in the first half when
he collapsed to the ground in pain clutching his left knee after
colliding with Jones.
Calipari leaned over Knight and asked him if he twisted
anything. When the reply came back 'no,' Calipari went back to
coaching while Knight pulled himself up off the floor before
hobbling to the locker room.
"The thought wasn't a pleasant one when I was leaning over to
ask him," he said. "But after he told me, I was fine."
It helped that he could turn to Lamb to fill in. Shortly after
he hit the floor, Wildcats took off. He knocked down four
3-pointers in less than 4 minutes as Kentucky took a 29-11 lead.
Knight, who received an ovation when he returned to the sidelines
with only a contusion, led the cheers after the last one before
sprinting over to the scorer's table to check back in.
Back on the floor, Knight's knee appeared to be plenty sound. He
drew a foul while slicing through the lane shortly after returning
to the floor and made both free throws.
"I knew it was fine, I just needed time for it to go away,"
Knight said.
The Wildcats eventually cooled off and Winthrop briefly got back
in it, thanks to a 9-0 burst that brought the Eagles within 41-32.
No biggie. Lamb replaced Jones after a timeout and Kentucky
scored the last 10 points of the half, the final two on a lay-in by
Lamb just before the buzzer that made it 51-32.
"We told our guys that he had a great motor," Peele said. "We
told our guys that he could really play. We thought he that he was
a tremendous shooter."
Lamb proved it with a performance for the record books, though
Calipari didn't go overboard in his praise. Considering the other
freshmen on the team, Calipari isn't convinced the new mark will
stand for long.
"I've got three really good freshmen," he said. "One of the
other two may break it again."

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Winthrop at Kentucky
December 22, 2010, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 89, Winthrop 52

Team Records and Series Info
• Kentucky won its fourth-straight game and is 9-2 on the season. Winthrop is 5-7.
• UK leads the series with Winthrop 2-0.
• UK is 15-3 all-time against the current alignment of the Big South Conference.
• UK has won the pre-Christmas game in 12-straight seasons.
• After the Christmas break, the Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Dec. 28, at home vs. Coppin State. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports South.

First-Half Facts
• Kentucky has used the starting lineup of Brandon Knight, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson in every game this season.
• Knight got the first basket on a jump shot at 19:09 and the Wildcats never trailed.
• Jones followed with a three-pointer, extending Kentucky’s streak of 760 games with at least one made three-point shot.
• Knight left the game at 15:50 with a knee injury and went to the locker room. He returned to the bench during UK’s timeout at the 13:12 mark and re-entered the game at 11:47.
• Kentucky came out blue-hot! When Doron Lamb swished his fourth-straight three-pointer (already a career high for threes in a game) at the 12:13 mark, the Wildcats led 29-11. At that point, the Wildcats had made 11 of 13 field goals, including 7 of 8 from three-point range.
• However, Winthrop hasn’t won the Big South Conference five of the last six years for no reason. The Eagles rallied late in the half with a 9-0 run, reducing the deficit to 41-32.
• The Wildcats responded with their own 10-0 run and when Lamb sliced the lane for a layup at the buzzer, UK led 51-32 at intermission.
o 51 points is the most Kentucky has scored in the first half this season.
o UK made 10 of 14 three-pointers, the most threes the Cats made in the first half since also making 10 in the season opener.
o UK committed only three fouls in the first half.
o Lamb and Knight each tallied 17 points in the first half.
o Lamb’s ending layup marked the second-straight game that UK scored at the first-half buzzer.

Second-Half Stats
• Brandon Knight got the first basket of the second half, extending UK’s run to 12-0.
• Doron Lamb’s only missed shot of the game came with 13 minutes left. At that point he had made all seven field-goal attempts (including five threes) and both foul shots.
• Over the final five minutes of the game, Kentucky closed the contest with a 9-0 run for an 89-52 victory.

(over)

Team Notes
• It was a fine offensive game for Kentucky as the Wildcats shot 52.4 percent from the field, 54.5 percent on three-pointers and 84.6 percent at the foul line.
o It was the fourth game this season shooting at least 50 percent.
o It was the third game this season making at least half of its three-point attempts.
o It was the seventh-straight game hitting at least 70 percent at the charity stripe.
• Kentucky limited Winthrop to 31.9 percent from the field. UK is 7-0 this season when holding the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
• UK won bench points, 42-4.
• UK won points in the paint, 39-20.
• Kentucky is 23-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
• UK has won 24 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 22 at Rupp.
• Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 760 consecutive games.

Individual Notes

• Doron Lamb led the way with 32 points, a UK freshman record.
o The old freshman record was 31 by Jamal Mashburn vs. Georgia on Feb. 3, 1991.
o Lamb set career highs for points, field goals (11) and three-pointers (7).
o Lamb’s seven three-pointers is tied for the most by a Southeastern Conference player this season.

• Brandon Knight tallied 21 points.
o Has made at least two three-pointers in six-straight games.
o Has scored at least 14 points in six-straight games.
o Has scored in double figures and hit a three-pointer in 10 of 11 games this season.

• DeAndre Liggins had a career-high nine assists, which also is the most by a Wildcat this season.

• Josh Harrellson claimed a game-high 10 rebounds, his third-straight game with double-figure boards.
o UK is 6-0 this season when Harrellson rebounds in double figures.

• Terrence Jones notched 11 points. He has scored double figures in 10 of 11 games this season.

• In 13 minutes of action, Eloy Vargas gathered season highs with eight points and three blocked shots.

• Jarrod Polson made his first basket as a Wildcat on a driving banker in the final minute. He tallied his first UK points on a pair of free throws vs. Boston.


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