Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs. UT Arlington

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  • Kentucky is 4-1 and UT Arlington is 2-3.
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • Kentucky is now 10-3 all-time against teams currently comprising the Sun Belt Conference.
  • Kentucky continues the Keightley Classic on Monday as the Wildcats play host to Cleveland State.  Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on the Fox Sports Network.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started five freshmen for the second game in a row – Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young,Julius Randle and Marcus Lee.
  • Tied at 4, Kentucky went on a 10-0 run for a 14-4 lead. Young scored the final eight points in the run.
  • UK led 21-8 when UTA responded with its own 9-0 spurt to close within 21-17.
  • UTA nailed a pair of 3-pointers, narrowing the advantage to 28-25, prompting a UK timeout at the 6:02 mark. The Wildcats responded with a 12-0 surge to make it 40-25.
  • UK went to halftime ahead 42-33 and Young was the leading scorer with 15 points.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky opened the second half with seven points in the first minute for a 49-33 lead.
  • UK stretch the lead to 29 points in winning 105-76.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used its size advantage to dominate rebounding, 46-34, and points in the paint, 48-34.
    • UK has outrebounded every opponent this season by at least 12 boards.
  • Kentucky scored 100 points for the first time since Nov. 23, 2012, when the Wildcats tallied 104 vs. LIU Brooklyn.
  • UK’s 105 points is the second-most in the Calipari era, trailing only the 108 scored against Marist on Nov. 11, 2011.
  • UK shot 50.7 percent from the field (35 of 69), second time this season over 50 percent.
  • Eight 3-pointers made is a season high for UK, as is the 3-point percentage of 42.1 (8 of 19).
  • Seeing 20-20: UK has had at least one player score at least 20 points in every game this season but this was the first game that two Cats reached 20.
  • UK forced three shot-clock violations – seven on the season, surpassing by one the total for the entire 2012-13 season.
  • Kentucky has made a 3-point shot in 864 consecutive games, third-longest streak in the nation.

Individual Notes

  • Julius Randle has a double-double in all five games this season, totaling 22 points and 10 rebounds tonight.
    • Other Wildcats who have begun a season with at least five consecutive double-doubles include Jim Andrews (seven games), Dan Issel (five in two separate seasons) and Cotton Nash (five).
    • It was his fourth 20-10 game of the season.
    • He also had a season-high four assists.
  • James Young scored 26 points, his highest-scoring game as a Wildcat.
    • Young made his first four field goals (including three 3s) and first four foul shots in scoring 15 of UK’s first 28 points.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career.
  • Andrew Harrison notched 15 points and six assists, season highs for him in both categories.
  • Marcus Lee had an efficient night with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and making both foul shots.  He also had a game-high three blocked shots.
  • Dakari Johnson tied his season best with eight points and had a season-high eight rebounds.

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Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.