Kentucky took the court in the second half with only a 1-point lead, but the game would never get any closer. Kentucky ran Arizona State out of Rupp Arena, leading by as much as 20 on the way to a 14-point victory.
The Cats couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half, shooting 31% from the field and hitting only 1 of 9 from behind the three-point line. Cal got his Cats attacking the rim in the second half, hitting the easy buckets before turning it on from behind the 3-point line. In the second half UK made 58% of their field goals and shot 50% from three.
The tide began to turn when Isaiah Briscoe had a 7-0 run by himself. Jamal Murray got a little jealous and finally found his shot from behind the arc, scoring 12 of his 17 in the second half. When the frontcourt got into foul trouble, a bald Derek Willis provided the spark to turn a convincing win into a blowout.
It was another non-conference game that revealed Kentucky’s flaws, but the second half showed the Cats have the fight to overcome shooting woes.