Dec 1, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) reacts after a dunk against the Providence Friars in the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Post Game Notes: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Providence Friars

Dec 1, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) blocks the shot of Providence Friars forward Tyler Harris (25) in the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

 

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
#3 Kentucky 79, Providence 65
Dec. 1, 2013
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Team Records, Notes
 Kentucky improves to 7-1 and 1-1 in neutral site games. Providence falls to 7-2 on the year.
 UK now leads the series 2-0. The only other matchup occurred on March 18, 1976 in Madison
Square Garden.
 Tonight’s game marks the first of five other matchups in the month of December for UK that
features a team with two losses or fewer and are either receiving votes or ranked in the top 25 in
the Associated Press poll.
 Kentucky will remain on the road for another neutral contest on Friday, Dec. 6 in Arlington, Texas.
UK’s men’s and women’s squads will play a doubleheader vs. Baylor in AT&T Stadium.
First-Half Facts
 Kentucky started with the lineup of sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Aaron Harrison,
Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young. That lineup is 3-1 on the year.
 Alex Poythress was UK’s first sub off the bench. It is the third time this season he has checked into
the game first.
 The Wildcats jumped out to an early 6-0 lead to start the game. It marked the most successive
points to start a game this season for UK.
 UK has now made a 3-pointer in 868 consecutive games when Poythress sunk a long ball from the
corner at the 16:20 mark.
 Kentucky led 39-35 at the break. UK is 5-0 when leading at halftime.
Second-Half Story
 After Providence pulled to within one at 39-38, Kentucky went on an 8-0 run spurred by the player
of Willie Cauley-Stein who had six points, three rebounds and a pair of blocks in the spurt.
 UK shot a season-high .643 (27-of-42) from the field. That mark is good for third in the John
Calipari era and the best since a .697 clip against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 23, 2012. The Wildcats
also connected on 6-of-8 from behind the arc for a season-high .750 percentage.
 UK out-rebounded Providence by a 35-30 margin. Kentucky has out-rebounded every opponent it
has faced this season.
 The Wildcats went 19-of-25 from the free throw line. It marked the first game this season the Blue
and White have not hit at least 20 shots from the charity stripe.
Individual Notes
 Willie Cauley-Stein posted 15 points, eight rebounds and nine blocks.
o Nine blocks marks a new career high. It is the second most blocked shots in the Calipari
era for an individual player, only trailing Nerlens Noel’s 12 at Ole Miss on Jan. 29, 2013.
o Posted four or more blocks in three-straight games and in five total games this season.
o Notched his second traditional three-point play of the season.
Aaron Harrison scored 15 points on 7-9 shooting from the field.
o Has sunk at least one 3-pointer in seven games this season including in four-straight
contests.
o Scored 11 first-half points and has now hit double-digits after the first frame in two-straight
games.
o Had a career-high four assists.
 Aaron Harrison scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.
o Has sunk at least one 3-pointer in seven games this season including in four-straight
contests.
o Scored 11 first-half points and has now hit double-digits after the first frame in two-straight
games.
o Had a career-high four assists.
 Dominique Hawkins scored five points.
o Five points is a new career-high for the freshman.
o Connected for his second career 3-pointer.
 Julius Randle posted 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
o Four assists ties a season best.
o Eighth game scoring in double figures.
 James Young scored a team-high 18 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers.
o Has knocked down multiple 3-pointers in four games this season.
o Sunk a career-high five free throws.

 

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