Jan 2, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) dribbles the ball in the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats 75 Auburn Tigers 53

Kentucky went down to take on Auburn short handed tonight as starting center Willie Cauley-Stein was back in Lexington taking care of his knee. Cauley-Stein had minor surgery on Friday, and his amount of time to be missed is TBD. The game started out very ugly on the offensive end as Kentucky and Auburn combined for 1-21 from 3 point range.

Nerlens Noel was a force from the tip like usual blocking shots, and rebounding the ball at an alarming rate. Noel picked up his 2nd foul with 8 minutes left in the 1st half. Kyle Wiltjer came off the bench and had an amazing half. Wiltjer ended the half with 9 points, 3 assist, and 2 rebounds.

Kentucky goes into half with a 30-25 lead. Auburn was led in scoring by Robert Chubbs with 8 points.

Nerlens Noel on the 1st offensive possession of the second half picked up his 3rd foul of the night. Kentucky at the first TV timout led 44-33 behind 6 points from Ryan Harrow to start the second half. With 12 minutes left in the game Kentucky had built it’s led to 55-39, behind 11 points from Archie goodwin who also made an alley oop to Nerlens Noel for his 1st assist of the night.

Kentucky went on a 10-2 run with 6 minutes left in the 2nd half, and the lead expanded to 20 with a score of 65-45. Kyle Wiltjer followed up his frist half performance with an even better second half. Wiltjer led Kentucky at this point with 17 points.

Kentucky dominated the second half, and put together maybe their best full game all season long. Nerlens Noel battled foul trouble all game but had 10 points, 7 blocks, and 9 rebounds on the night. Ryan Harrow had 12 points and 7 assist. Kyle Wiltjer led the cats in scoring with 17 points.

Kentucky defeats Auburn 75-53.



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