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Kentucky postgame notes and numbers

UK's Archie Goodwin splits two Morehead defenders during the Cats' 81-70 win Wednesday. Goodwin finished with 28 points. (Victoria Graff photo)

UK’s Archie Goodwin splits two Morehead defenders during the Cats’ 81-70 win Wednesday. Goodwin finished with 28 points. (Victoria Graff photo)

Morehead State at Kentucky
Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., November 21, 2012
Attendance: 21,897

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 81, Morehead State 70

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 3-1 on the season and Morehead is 3-2.
Kentucky leads the series 10-0.
UK is now 35-0 all-time against teams from the current alignment of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Morehead coach Sean Woods is among 10 former Kentucky players to come back and coach against UK.  Kentucky has a 51-11 record against former players who have coached against the Wildcats, including 3-0 vs. Woods at Morehead and Mississippi Valley State.
UK concludes its three-game homestand Fri. Nov. 23 when the Wildcats play host to Long Island.  The game is at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports South.

First-Half Facts
Kentucky started with the lineup of Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Nerlens Noel for the third-consecutive game.
Noel got the game’s first basket at 18:43 with a rebound and short bank shot.
UK moved the lead to 6-0 before Morehead came back with 16-straight points.  UK went scoreless for almost seven minutes before Goodwin ended the run with a pair of foul shots.
Morehead eventually extended the lead to 11 points at 23-12 and 25-14.
Trailing 25-14, UK ended the half with an 18-6 run, taking a 32-31 lead into intermission when Goodwin made a driving layup with three seconds remaining.

Second-Half Story
Morehead came out hot, scoring 13 points in the first 3:30 to take a 44-38 lead.
MSU was ahead 48-44 when Kentucky took the lead for good with a 16-2 run for a 60-50 advantage.  Included in that run was a three-pointer by Julius Mays with 11:17 on the clock, UK’s first three-pointer of the game.
Morehead moved within six points at 67-61 but that was as close as it got as UK pulled away from there, leading by as many as 14 points down the stretch.

Team Notes
Foul shots were a key to the victory as UK took advantage of 32 Morehead fouls and made 31 of 41 at the free-throw line.
Kentucky got 28 points from Archie Goodwin, most by a Wildcat this season, and 20 points from Alex Poythress.  It is the second-consecutive game that UK got 20-20 efforts, in addition to Kyle Wiltjer’s 23 and Poythress’ 20 vs. Lafayette.
Kentucky tied its season high for blocked shots with 11.

The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 54 games, the longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 53 games at Rupp Arena.
UK is a perfect 53-0 under Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
Individual Notes

Archie Goodwin poured in 28 points, most by a Wildcat this season and the seventh-most by a freshman in UK history.
He is the fourth UK freshman under Calipari to begin his career with four-straight double figure games, joining John Wall, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones.
He also had a season-high three blocked shots and tied his season bests with six rebounds and four assists.

Alex Poythress tallied 20 points, his third-straight 20-point game.  He was a perfect 8-of-8 at the foul line.

In addition to his nine points, Nerlens Noel played an all-around floor game. He had season highs with 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists.  He also made three steals, one short of his personal best.

Julius Mays had 11 points, his first double-figure game at Kentucky.  He had two assists and his second-consecutive game without a turnover.


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  1. grant

    moorehead went on a 16-0 run. really? i see 8 losses this year or more.

  2. Jim

    It was a good test for the young Cats. MSU fouled the snot out of them. At times, the refs were letting some of the rough housing, holding, and jersey grabbing go. I was never worried about them losing the game. But, besides getting pushed around a bit, they were were pretty stagnant on offense.

    The freshman will have to be the leaders at crunch time, because they have no upper classmen who want to score under pressure. This is Wiltjer’s first year starting and though he has the talent, he is hesitant to shoot, the majority of the time he has the ball. Mays, the transfer, had a terrible game and was liability on both sides of the ball against a team with lesser talent. Mays is playing way too many minutes, in the absence of Harrow.

    This isn’t “the sky is falling” type of season. It is a season where there just isn’t going to be much help from the few older players that they have on the team, when the games get tight. So, there will be a few more games that will be all out wars, when they have cold shooting nights or the offense struggles in general. By mid season, the growing pains should be over and hopefully Harrow will be able to give them some good production and depth at the point. And, regardless of who is playing point guard, they aren’t going to be that successful with so many young players on the court, not knowing what they are doing.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    Julius had the assist of the game, though, when he carried Archie off the floor. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like that before.

  4. wethington_j

    I think they will be fine. I see this team loosing a few but it shouldnt be bad.Hope they can keep the home winning streak going!!

  5. Don

    I was disappointed in Cauley-Stein more than anyone else on the team,He didn’t give much effort and really played soft. You would think being a football player, he would be tougher than the way he plays. He is being manhandled by smaller players. He will have to step up, take the challange if Kentucky isto compete for another championship. I like the way Wiltjer is coming along, he seems to be putting more effort into the game.

    1. larryvaught

      Don, with you. Willie’s play stunned me. He had been better than expected until this game. Hope it was just a minor setback for him

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