Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky at Baylor

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  • Kentucky falls to 7-2 and 1-2 in neutral site games while Baylor improves to 8-1 on the year.
  • now leads the series 7-2. This is Baylor’s second consecutive win over the Wildcats, with the last matchup coming in Rupp Arena last year as the Bears snapped UK’s 54-game home winning streak.
  • Tonight’s game marks the second of five matchups in the month of December for that features a team that is either receiving votes or ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll.
  • Kentucky will return home on Tuesday, Dec. 10 as undefeated travels to Lexington.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Aaron Harrison, AndrewHarrison, Julius Randle and James Young. That lineup is 3-2 on the year.
  • Dominique Hawkins was UK’s first sub off the bench. It is the first this season he has checked into the game first.
  • After a 5-4 Wildcat lead early in the game, Baylor gained control of the lead until 3:15 in the first half when ’s two free throws put UK up 33-31.
  • UK has now made a 3-pointer in 869 consecutive games when James Young sunk a 3 at the 19:17 mark in the first half.
  • Kentucky led 38-35 at the break. UK is 5-1 when leading at halftime.
  •  knocked down a 3 with 19 seconds left in the first half to give UK a 38-35 lead heading into the break.
  • Six 3-pointers and 12 assists in the first half are new season bests for the Wildcats.

Second-Half Story

  • Buckets by Julius Randle and  early in the second half capped off a 9-2 run to put Kentucky up 42-35 with 18:46 to play in the second.
  • Baylor recaptured the lead on two free throws with 6:01 left in the game, the first Baylor lead since  put the Wildcats ahead 33-31 on two free throws with 3:15 remaining in the first half.
  • After going up 50-41 on a Julius Randle dunk with 13:08 left in the second half, Kentucky proceeded to knock down just two field goals in the remaining 13 minutes, both field goals coming from James Young 3-pointers.
  • Baylor outrebounded UK 41-25, the first game this year UK has lost the rebound battle.
  • The Bears’ 18 offensive rebounds ties for the most offensive rebounds surrendered by UK this year, with and Providence also grabbing 18 offensive rebounds vs. UK.
  • The Wildcats’ 12 made free throw marks a season low, with the previous low (19) coming in a win over Providence in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • With Baylor leading the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage, UK held the Bears to 2-11 shooting from beyond the arc, a season best for UK in opponent 3-pointers made and 3-point field goal percentage. The two 3-pointers and .182 percent from downtown are season lows for Baylor.

Individual Notes

  •  scored 15 points while dishing out six assists.
    • Has sunk at least one 3-pointer in eight games this season including in five-straight contests.
    • Drained three 3s in the first half, a personal best
    • Has now hit three or more 3s in three games this year.
    • Scored 11 first-half points and has now hit double-digits after the first frame in three-straight games.
    • Harrison’s six assists are a career high and the third time this year that he has dished out three or more.
    • Dished out five assists in the first half and added one in the second half to tie his career best with six.
  • Julius Randle posted 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
    • Ninth game scoring in double figures.
    • Tied a season high in assists with four.
    • Fifth time leading UK in scoring
  • James Young had 14 points and hit a quartet of 3-pointers.
    • Has knocked down multiple 3-pointers in five games this season, including three or more four times.