The No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats (5-1) noticed their third straight win Sunday evening with a victory over the Lamar Cardinals (4-2).
Read all about the Wildcats victory with tonight’s recap.
The Wildcats got off to a stellar start as they opened the game on a 10-0 run after three’s from Nate Sestina and Ashton Hagans, a bucket from Khalil Whitney and a pair of free-throws from Hagans as they’d go on to take a 10-2 lead into the first media timeout.
After the timeout, Kentucky quickly extended their lead thanks to a three from Whitney and a dunk by Keion Brooks, but this would not phase Lamar. The Cardinals went on a 10-0 run to move within three after a pair of three-pointers by Davion Buster and a pair of buckets from V.J. Holmes leading into the second media timeout of the half.
Lamar continued their momentum after the break as they tied the score at 19 following buckets from T.J. Atwood and Holmes. The game would not stay tied long; however, as Tyrese Maxey nailed a three and Hagans turned a steal into a dunk at the other end to put UK on top 24-19 heading into the third media timeout of the half.
Out of the timeout, Kentucky grew their lead after a pair of Maxey three-pointers and lay-up by Nick Richards, which he’d soon follow up with a dunk to put Kentucky ahead 34-19 and give the Cats a 15-0 run. Kentucky continued to dominant after the dunk as Maxey again drained a three as the Cats took a 37-19 lead and 18-0 run into the final t.v. timeout of the half.
Kentucky extended their run to 20-0 after the break as EJ Montgomery knocked down a long jumper. The run would finally come to an end there however, as Ayaan Sohail scored for the Cardinals. Kentucky would end the half with a 20 point lead after a jumper from Johnny Juzang.
Halftime Score: Kentucky 41, Lamar 21
The Wildcats opened the second half with their eighth three-pointer as Hagans scored from behind the arc. Soon after, Kentucky would force a Lamar timeout as both Maxey and Richards scored to give the Cats a 48-23 lead.
Lamar would add a bucket to cut UK’s lead to 22 after their timeout but fouled Whitney on the other end heading into the first media timeout of the half.
Whitney would knock down one of two from the line after the timeout to bump UK’s lead up to 23. Lamar would soon cut the lead to 18, however, after a mini 5-0 run highlighted by a three-pointer from Sohail. The Cardinals would continue to ride their momentum into the second t.v. timeout as they cut the Wildcat lead to 15.
Kentucky would go on to extend their lead to 63-44 heading into the third media timeout after a pair of free-throws and a three-pointer from Immanuel Quickley and a slam from Maxey.
The Wildcats would continue to keep their foot on the gas heading into the game’s final media timeout as both Brooks and Maxey added four points to extend the UK lead to 21.
Kentucky would go onto close out the victory as Richards slammed home a dunk to put the exclamation point on a 25 point Cats win.
Final Score: Kentucky 81, Lamar 56
MVP: Tyrese Maxey
The Tyrese Maxey of opening night made an appearance at Rupp Arena Sunday night as the freshman dropped a game-high 21 points after shooting 8-11 from the field. Maxey also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Richards
For the third time, this season Nick Richards notched a double-double as he scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Richards also blocked a carer high seven blocks.
Here’s a look at tonight’s highlights courtesy of the UK Sports Network.