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Kentucky Basketball

Kentucky Handles Lamar 81-56, Led by 21 from Tyrese Maxey

November 24, 2019

With 8:53 to go in the first half, Kentucky and Lamar were tied 19-19. Kentucky had allowed Davion Buster, Lamar's leading scorer, to hit three deep threes and allowed a 13-2 run to the visiting Cardinals after going up 15-2 to start the game. That is when Kentucky hit the gas and didn't look back. Four Tyrese Maxey threes spurred a 22-2 run to end the half, putting Kentucky up 41-21. Kentucky didn't let up, cruising to an 81-56 win against the Lamar Cardinals at Rupp Arena.

Unlike previous games that saw Kentucky allow teams back into the game, Kentucky kept their foot on the gas tonight and maintained at least a 14-point cushion for the entire second half. Kentucky still needs to work on their consistency, but it was impressive to see them maintain a double-digit lead despite a valiant effort from Lamar.

While Kentucky had a great shooting night, hitting 10 of 22 from downtown, it was Kentucky's defense that impressed the most tonight. Kentucky totaled 13 blocks, led by Nick Richards with 7. The Junior big man also notched his third double-double on the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Kentucky was more effective defending pick and rolls and drives to the basket tonight, and when they happened, Kentucky's bigs were able to clean up their mistakes.

Kentucky was led on offense by Tyrese Maxey, who scored 21 points to push his season average to 16 PPG. Ashton Hagans added 15 points and 9 assists while sinking three of four threes. Immanuel Quickley, Nate Sestina, and Keion Brooks all hit threes as well in Kentucky's best shooting performance on the season. It isn't surprising that on the night Kentucky got its mojo back from deep was the same one where they created 19 assists to just 11 turnovers. The team seemed locked in and on the same page all night, moving the ball quickly and creating open shots for their teammates.

Kentucky will take on UAB next on Friday (11/29) at 7:00 on SEC Network. 

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