Dec. 30, 2002
Kentucky improves to 7-3 on the season. TSU is now 2-7.
Kentucky leads the all-time series 3-0.
After TSU’s strong start, Kentucky took the lead for good, 35-32, on Chuck Hayes’ three-pointer with 5:07 remaining in the first half.
Key run: leading 59-48, Kentucky put the game away with an 18-2 run in the second half, pulling out to a 77-50 lead.
Kentucky had season highs for points (115), three-pointers (11), rebounds (52), rebound margin (+31), assists (31), steals (12), and margin of victory (32).
Kentucky improves to 33-9, an outstanding mark of 78.6 percent, in “bounce-back” games under Tubby Smith.
The 115 points tonight marked UK’s first 100-point game since Jan. 2, 2002, when the Wildcats tallied 102 vs. Tulane. It was the highest point total since scoring 118 vs. Kentucky State on Dec. 15, 2001. This game marked UK’s 43rd 100-point game in Rupp Arena.
Senior guard Keith Bogans notched a season-high 26 points tonight, his sixth 20-point game of the season and 29th 20-point effort in his career.
Bogans hit four three-pointers tonight, giving him an even 200 in his career. He becomes the third player in school history, along with Tony Delk and Tayshaun Prince, to hit 200 three-pointers.
With 1,551 points in his career, Keith Bogans moved past Mike Casey (1,535) for 12th place on the school career scoring list.
Senior center Marquis Estill had 15 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double of the season and second of his career. He had 19 points and 11 boards at North Carolina on Dec. 2, 2000. Estill’s 11 boards tied his career high.
Freshman forward Kelenna Azubuike played a career-high 18 minutes and tied his career high for points with nine.
Sophomore guard Josh Carrier had career highs with eight points, three field goals made, and three rebounds.
Freshman forward Bernard Cote grabbed a career-high three rebounds and had the first assist of his career.
Junior forward Erik Daniels had a career-high seven assists and tied career bests with eight rebounds and three steals.
In three games since his return, Cliff Hawkins has 14 assists and only three turnovers in 58 minutes of action.
Freshman walk-on guard Preston LeMaster made two free throws, his first points as a Wildcat.
Kentucky is in the midst of four games in an eight-day period. The Wildcats play host to Alcorn State on Thurs. Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be a delay telecast on the UKTV Network.