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Poythress and Kentucky roar in the second half on the way to an 85-63 win

(Photo credit to Tyler Thompson)


The Cats appeared a little rusty after a long lay off and a week of Camp Cal. Mississippi State gave Kentucky all they could handle early, but Kentucky found its groove in the second half behind inspired play from Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and James Young. Hawkins, Johnson and Poythress gave the Wildcats a huge spark off the bench, and James Young led the offense all night long on the way to a double-double (26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists). Johnson chipped in solid minutes as well as point production, finishing with 8 points. Perhaps the star of the second half though was Poythress, who dunked everything thrown his way, roaring to 12 points.

Kentucky put the Bulldogs away starting around the 12 minute mark of the second half and never looked back. Kentucky turned an eight point game into a blowout, including a number of highlight reel dunks. Kentucky moves to 1-0 in SEC play. 

Article written by Ally Tucker

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18 Comments for Poythress and Kentucky roar in the second half on the way to an 85-63 win

  1. mashburn24
    10:13 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink


  2. Big Dave
    10:15 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Alex Poythress just dunked again.

  3. brain
    10:19 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Covered because MSU pulled it out on the lat possession. Ray had UK. Investigation coming.

      10:24 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed, but hey we finally covered

  4. JLP
    10:20 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Any win is a good win. And when the bench can chip in, that’s healthy for morale often.

  5. Madagascar
    10:22 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Alex the Lion just roared again

    10:26 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Where the trolls at now? Stfu, gtfo after smd

  7. Shelton speaks Kentucky shudders
    10:28 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    These slow starts will doom them at Vandy and Arkansas.

    • dkny
      10:38 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Then don’t watch. They just beat a conference opponent by 22 after a 10 day layoff. Be happy about the win instead of already writing them off for the next game.

    • Rei
      10:39 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      at Vandy? LOL

    • U mean
      10:55 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      @Mizzou, @Arkansas and @Florida. And you can throw 2 more random @s in there.

    • Really?
      10:57 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Be happy about that win? You don’t know much about basketball if that win left you happy. And he can watch if he wants and say what he wants. You don’t decide how other fans get to respond to terrible efforts by the team.

    • Yes, Really!
      9:09 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Well, the team already responded to a terrible effort by coming back and winning by over 20 points. That’s pretty encouraging to me.

  8. Paul
    10:44 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Am I the only one who thinks every Young shot is going in only to look at the box score and see another sub-500 shooting night? I love him shooting, just surprised by stats.

    • Big Dave
      11:12 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

      I was also surprised by the stats. 26 points, 10 REBS, 5 assists and only 2 turnovers. I like how he can have an off night shooting (3-10 3pt) and still be effective.

  9. My Turn
    11:22 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    “a little rusty”. Saw a lot of the same old habits. Especially the Harrison’s crying about calls. Cal needs to send them to the locker room and tell them to cry it out while there. Time to grow up and be college basketball players. Not kids in PEE WEE league. They got schooled by smaller quicker guards again. Randle still not learned how to pass out of a double/triple team. Overall, CATS looked terrible at home against one of the worst teams in the SEC. Sweet 16 team at best. Maybe!!!!

  10. Yes, really!
    11:28 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    I’m with you dkny. I think this was a great win! Yeah the Cats started slow, but they had some rust to knock off the gears. Once they got the gears greased they looked dominant! It was a dunk fest! I saw a lot of promising signs. MSU punched this young team in the mouth, and tried the bully approach. There were some calls that didn’t go the Cats way in the first half (BS intentional foul) but the Cats didn’t back down. They dug in and got mean! Randle was offensively frustrated by a tough defensive scheme, but he still played his way to 8 pts and 14 rbds! Young didn’t shoot particularly well and still had 26 pts, 10 rbds and 4 asst and a block! Poythress… need I say more! How about WCS showing some offensive moves! Dakari was a load inside, and Hawkins is like a Tasmanian devil out there! There were a lot of things to be optimistic about in this game, but then again I am not one of the so called fans that think we should win every game 90 to 0. I realize that other schools do actually have basketball teams that would really like to beat the Cat Or maybe I just don’t know anything about the game of basketball, huh??

  11. Biff Switters
    12:35 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    I’m frustrated by the slow start but you have to view the game as a whole and because of the slow start Dominique got to come in and be effective yet again. (when it’s all said and done he’ll go down as one of the most beloved all time). Dakari got to come it and be effective and gain more confidence. Marcus had a couple of big plays. So we’re getting a lot of guys getting good minutes in relief. Developing that bench now is gonna be our best friend in March. I still see this team becoming absolutely lethal by then. It seems like it’s gonna be a frustrating road to get to that point, but we do have a whole bunch of SEC games. Take’ em one at a time and work your way through that part of the schedule tuning the gears for postseason play. I’m looking forward to seeing how they come out at Vandy.

    One more thing. If this team is gonna be a team of either half, then I definitely prefer them being a second half team!