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•Kentucky won its fourth-straight game and is 9-2 on the season. Winthrop is 5-7.
•UK leads the series with Winthrop 2-0.
•UK is 15-3 all-time against the current alignment of the Big South Conference.
•UK has won the pre-Christmas game in 12-straight seasons.
•After the Christmas break, the Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Dec. 28, at home vs. Coppin State. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports South.
•Kentucky has used the starting lineup of Brandon Knight, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson in every game this season.
•Knight got the first basket on a jump shot at 19:09 and the Wildcats never trailed.
•Jones followed with a three-pointer, extending Kentucky's streak of 760 games with at least one made three-point shot.
•Knight left the game at 15:50 with a knee injury and went to the locker room. He returned to the bench during UK's timeout at the 13:12 mark and re-entered the game at 11:47.
•Kentucky came out blue-hot! When Doron Lamb swished his fourth-straight three-pointer (already a career high for threes in a game) at the 12:13 mark, the Wildcats led 29-11. At that point, the Wildcats had made 11 of 13 field goals, including 7 of 8 from three-point range.
•However, Winthrop hasn't won the Big South Conference five of the last six years for no reason. The Eagles rallied late in the half with a 9-0 run, reducing the deficit to 41-32.
•The Wildcats responded with their own 10-0 run and when Lamb sliced the lane for a layup at the buzzer, UK led 51-32 at intermission.
◦51 points is the most Kentucky has scored in the first half this season.
◦UK made 10 of 14 three-pointers, the most threes the Cats made in the first half since also making 10 in the season opener.
◦UK committed only three fouls in the first half.
◦Lamb and Knight each tallied 17 points in the first half.
◦Lamb's ending layup marked the second-straight game that UK scored at the first-half buzzer.
•Brandon Knight got the first basket of the second half, extending UK's run to 12-0.
•Doron Lamb's only missed shot of the game came with 13 minutes left. At that point he had made all seven field-goal attempts (including five threes) and both foul shots.
•Over the final five minutes of the game, Kentucky closed the contest with a 9-0 run for an 89-52 victory.
•It was a fine offensive game for Kentucky as the Wildcats shot 52.4 percent from the field, 54.5 percent on three-pointers and 84.6 percent at the foul line.
◦It was the fourth game this season shooting at least 50 percent.
◦It was the third game this season making at least half of its three-point attempts.
◦It was the seventh-straight game hitting at least 70 percent at the charity stripe.
•Kentucky limited Winthrop to 31.9 percent from the field. UK is 7-0 this season when holding the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
•UK won bench points, 42-4.
•UK won points in the paint, 39-20.
•Kentucky is 23-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
•UK has won 24 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 22 at Rupp.
•Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 760 consecutive games.
•Doron Lamb led the way with 32 points, a UK freshman record.
◦The old freshman record was 31 by Jamal Mashburn vs. Georgia on Feb. 3, 1991.
◦Lamb set career highs for points, field goals (11) and three-pointers (7).
◦Lamb's seven three-pointers is tied for the most by a Southeastern Conference player this season.
•Brandon Knight tallied 21 points.
◦Has made at least two three-pointers in six-straight games.
◦Has scored at least 14 points in six-straight games.
◦Has scored in double figures and hit a three-pointer in 10 of 11 games this season.
•DeAndre Liggins had a career-high nine assists, which also is the most by a Wildcat this season.
•Josh Harrellson claimed a game-high 10 rebounds, his third-straight game with double-figure boards.
◦UK is 6-0 this season when Harrellson rebounds in double figures.
•Terrence Jones notched 11 points. He has scored double figures in 10 of 11 games this season.
•In 13 minutes of action, Eloy Vargas gathered season highs with eight points and three blocked shots.
•Jarrod Polson made his first basket as a Wildcat on a driving banker in the final minute. He tallied his first UK points on a pair of free throws vs. Boston.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky scored 143 points against Georgia for the most points ever scored by a Kentucky team in a single game.
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky made 60 field goals against Georgia for the most field goals ever made in a single game by a Kentucky team.
- On February 27, 2016, freshman Jamal Murray scored 33 points at Vanderbilt.