Kentucky too much for Boston University
University of Kentucky crushed Boston University 91-57 in Lexington on Tuesday.
Freshman guard Brandon Knight topscored for the 10th-ranked Wildcats with 23 points. Backing him up was Terrence Jones, who had a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds. Also making their presence felt were Dorol Lamb and Josh Harrellson, who chipped in
13 and 12, respectively.
John Holland topscored for the Terriers with 20 points while Matt Griffin added 13.
The game was close early on with Kentucky ahead only by seven at the break. The Wildcats finally displayed their A-game in the second half as they clamped down on their opponents. Led by Jones and Knight, the Wildcats unleashed an 18-3 run to pull away from
More treys from Darius Miller and Lamb further extended Kentucky’s lead. The Wildcats cruised the rest of the way as they notched their fifth win in six games.
The Wildcats dedicated the victory to head coach John Calipari’s mother, who recently passed away due to cancer. As a gesture, the players wore black socks and several fans donned black t-shirts.
“He always says that we’re his family and we felt like we needed to give something to coach,” Knight told AP.
Knight added that they learned a lot from their loss to Connecticut in the Maui Invitational.
“It was a blessing because if we would have won that game we still would have had a lot of faults we weren’t going to fix because we were winning,” he said.
“I think that the loss kind of helped us see where we were at really and what we need to do going forward.”
Calipari criticised his players after their loss to UConn. He said his wards were selfish and do not know how to play together as one team. He also urged them to be aggressive defensively and share the ball more often.
Jones said Calipari, who opted not to appear during the post-game interview, inspired them to do better in the second half after a sub-par start.
“We drove the ball and passed the ball better in the second half. It opened the game up. We knocked down shots. That’s the team we need to be all year. That’s when we play our best is when everyone is involved,” he said.
Kentucky is now looking forward to its game against North Carolina on Saturday. Boston U, which dropped to 4-4, will also see action on Saturday against Bucknell.