Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - James Young made five 3-pointers and led
all scorers with 26 points to lead No. 4 Kentucky past Texas-Arlington,
105-76, as part of the Keightley Classic at Rupp Arena.
Julius Randle recorded another double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds
and Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 10 boards off the bench for the
previously top-ranked Wildcats (4-1), who shot 51 percent from the field and
pulled away early in the second half.
Brandon Edwards and Reger Dowell netted 24 and 20 points, respectively, in the
second straight loss for the Mavericks (2-3).
"There are a lot of positives...and we have to figure out a way to get a
couple of wins in this tournament before we go back home," Texas-Arlington
head coach Scott Cross said.
Kentucky, which started five freshmen for the second straight game after its
loss to now-No. 1 Michigan State, jumped in front by double digits in the
early going -- thanks to Young pouring in 13 points in the first six-plus
minutes -- but showed its inexperience with three consecutive turnovers that
led to easy Texas-Arlington buckets.
The transition layups were part of a 9-0 run that cut the Mavs' deficit to
four, and the underdogs pulled within 28-25 following a Dowell 3-pointer with
just over six minutes left in the opening half.
After John Calipari called a timeout, his Wildcats quickly responded with the
next 12 points, four coming from Randle on a dunk and a tip-in off a miss, and
the hosts went into the break with a 42-33 advantage.
Kentucky put the game out of reach with a 13-3 run and an 11-0 spurt over the
first eight minutes to the second half.
"I wasn't happy about a lot of things in the first half," Calipari said. "Then
in the second half, I thought we played with some emotion."
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Andrew Harrison and Young extended Kentucky's lead
to 55-36 less than three minutes in, and Texas-Arlington did not have the
firepower for a comeback.
This was the first meeting between the programs ... Kentucky improved to 10-3
all-time against members of the Sun Belt Conference ... Randle has five
double-doubles to begin his freshman season. The last Kentucky player to post
five straight double-doubles was Jim Andrews, who accomplished the feat in
1971-72. ... Harrison finished with 15 points ... Dowell, an Oklahoma State
transfer, came in averaging 26.0 points per game ... Kentucky plays Cleveland
State next Monday ... Texas-Arlington, which lost to Cleveland State its
previous time out, plays at Robert Morris on Thursday.
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