Led by James Young (26 points), and double-doubles from Julius Randle (22 pts, 10 reb) and Willie Cauley-Stein (14 pts, 10 reb), Kentucky was able to outrun UT-Arlington in the second half and won 105-76 in Rupp Arena. The Cats came out to a quick start against the Mavs, jumping out to a 21-5 lead early in the first half. The Mavs, led by guard Reger Dowell (20 pts) and forward Brandon Edwards (24 pts, 11 reb), were able to feed off the Cats’ turnovers and scored many of their points in transition. The Mavs’ fast-paced offensive sets allowed them to crawl back within three points at 28-25, but that’s as close as they would get.
A few key baskets from Randle and Cauley-Stein helped the Cats pull away and take a 42-33 lead at halftime. Kentucky was able to use UTA’s quick offensive game against them, and took a commanding lead by scoring in transition and drawing fouls. The Cats also had eight blocks on defense and seven steals, leading to 16 turnovers by the Mavs. By the 10:00 mark in the second half, the Cats found themselves with a 68-43 lead and in the bonus. UK made 27-of-39 free throws and made 8-of-19 three-pointers. UTA shot the ball very well at 41%, but UK was able to outshoot them overall at 50% from the field. Andrew Harrison and Marcus Lee also scored in double-digits for Kentucky, with 15 and 10 points, respectively.