Big First Half Leads Kentucky Past Central Michigan

Oscar Tshiebwe had 20 points and 16 rebounds,  Jr. added 15 points and No. 9 quickly overwhelmed for a 85-57 victory on Monday night.

The Wildcats (6-1) shot 60% in the first half before cooling off to finish 43% overall while dominating the rebuilding Chippewas (1-5) in most phases. They led 25-5 within seven minutes and maintained at least a 25-point cushion for much of the contest. Kentucky’s six wins have been by an average margin of 28.3 points.

Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 11 points, and Cameron Healy and Miroslav Stafl each added nine for Central Michigan, which dropped its third consecutive game. It spoiled the Lexington return of first-year Chippewas coach Tony Barbee, who took over the program in April after seven seasons as a assistant.

Tshiebwe was 6 of 8 from the field and 8 of 11 from the foul line in 26 minutes to key his sixth double-double this season. was 6 of 11, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc, and chipped in six rebounds as controlled the boards 47-30.

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