Nov 16, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Lafayette Leopards guard Alan Flannigan (22) shoots the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) and forward Alex Poythress (22) at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

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Meet your Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Growing pains we will go through as the season rolls on, but this game was not among them, as the Wildcats DOMINATED on both ends of the floor from the tip and kept Coach Cal’s home win streak intact. Kyle Wiltjer channeled his inner Jimmy Chitwood to start the game, scoring the first 6 points on a pair of 3′s. Gotta love having a 6’10″ assassin. Fleet of foot he is not, but that he is a shooter cannot be denied.

Four of the five starters were double digit scorers, led by Wiltjer and Poythress, but there is no debating that Julius Mays stepped up his game BIG TIME with the illness of Ryan Harrow. Clearly his veteran experience kicked in and enabled him to recognize what this team needs and he adapted his game to meet that need.

Lafayette was over matched at every position and in every facet of the game and the game was out of reach by half time with the Wildcats up 51-31. They would score 50 more in the second half while allowing only 18 to Lafayette.

Stats:

>Kentucky shot 64% from the field, 63% from the line but blistered the nets on 57% 3pt shooting, going 11-19 from distance.
>23 assists on 40 made field goals is a marked improvement for the PG poor Wildcats.

>Kyle Wiltjer: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
>Alex Poythress: 22 points, 4 rebounds
>Nerlens Noel: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
>Archie Goodwin: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
>Julius Mays: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists
>Willie Cauley-Stein: 14 points, 4 rebounds
Jarrod Polson: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Twany Beckham: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Jon Hood: 2 rebounds

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