11/25 20:25 CST No. 1 Kentucky routs Texas-Arlington 92-44
No. 1 Kentucky routs Texas-Arlington 92-44
By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) --- Devin Booker scored 19 points for his second career
best in as many games, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with 11 rebounds, and No. 1
Kentucky had no trouble with Texas-Arlington in Tuesday night's 92-44 blowout.
The Wildcats (6-0) concluded a busy season-opening stretch of six games in 11
days with a complete effort on both ends. Besides shooting 57 percent from the
field (30 of 53), Kentucky held the Mavericks (3-2) to 27 percent shooting.
Second-platoon guard Booker followed Sunday's 18-point effort by hitting 7 of 8
shots, including five 3-pointers. Towns added three blocks and four assists for
Kentucky, which led 55-12 at halftime and rarely let UTA get within 40 points
afterward in ending the Mavericks' two-game winning streak.
Dakari Johnson scored all 12 points on free throws, twin guards Aaron and
Andrew Harrison each had 11 points and Trey Lyles 10 for the Wildcats.
Lonnie McClanahan's 10 points off the bench led Texas-Arlington, the latest
school to be overwhelmed by Kentucky's two platoons of length, speed and depth.
The Mavericks' only consolations were topping them in steals (8-6) and leading
3-2 on Kevin Hervey's perimeter jumper.
The Mavs trailed 8-5 after five minutes before Kentucky got rolling behind
balance in which no Wildcat played more than 21 minutes.
After drubbing Montana State by 58 points on Sunday thanks to swarming defense,
the Wildcats held Texas-Arlington to 4-of-32 shooting through 20 minutes and
closed on a 42-5 run for a 55-12 lead at the break. Brandon Williams' layup
with 7:12 remaining made it 27-12 and marked the Mavericks' last basket of the
Kentucky meanwhile quickly warmed up from a 1-for-7 start from the field,
making 18 of its final 24 attempts of the half. Willie Cauley-Stein got off to
a good start with eight points before his teammates joined in for two big runs,
starting with a 25-7 spurt over 8:07 for a 33-12 lead.
Booker picked up where he left off Sunday by making four 3-pointers in the
half. Aaron Harrison added a pair from behind the arc as well as Kentucky
scored the final 28 points of the half.
After missing two games with an illness, junior forward Alex Poythress returned
to the starting lineup for the Wildcats and gave them their regular platoons.
He scored four points.
Texas-Arlington: The Mavericks entered the game with their sixth 3-1 start in
nine seasons under coach Scott Cross. ... UTA is 0-2 against Kentucky, losing
both contests by an average of 38.5 points.
Kentucky: The Wildcats' 61 percent first half was their best 20 minutes this
season. ... Three quick turnovers led coach John Calipari to pull the second
platoon after a 1:42 shift in the first half. That unit had eight of the
Wildcats' nine giveaways through 20 minutes.
Texas-Arlington: Visits Montana State on Friday.
Kentucky: Hosts Providence on Sunday.