- Wednesday, December 8 1993 -
Eastern Kentucky - 78 (Head Coach: Mike Calhoun) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 107 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Ranked 6th by AP]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 39, Eastern Kentucky 33
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 16. (All Rights Reserved)
Cats Clobber a Crowd of Competent Colonels:
Eastern played very well for most of the game, but couldn't keep pace with Kentucky at the end, and it showed. The Cats pounded EKU 107-78 last night.
Both teams started icy cold - UK didn't score for the first 1.5 minutes, and then only on two Rhodes free throws. Eastern didn't make a mark until 2 minutes 40 seconds into the game. The Wildcats started with 3 turnovers in the first 3 minutes. Many were due to forced passes to the inside which were batted away. Rodney Dent did well against the smaller EKU centers - when he got the ball, a dunk usually resulted. In one play, the ball slipped out of Dent's hands on a rebound, and hit nothing but the bottom of the net (Dent was fouled too, and made the 3 point play).
Rodrick Rhodes hit his first 3 pointer, as did Jeff Brassow and Gimel Martinez. Gimel looked much much better this game than he had previously - he seemed more relaxed and assured, and it showed. He had several putback baskets and helped out with deflections and some pretty assists. He still had a few turnovers, but his fouling wasn't as bad, and he actually contributed some positive minutes in this contest.
Andre Riddick was a house afire - extremely aggressive on both offense and defense. He has developed a nice hook shot which he used in the first half. Walter McCarty continues to receive accolades from the crowd - he is as exciting as Rhodes was early last year, always moving the ball and tough on defense. Walter has a nice reverse layup move which he employed several times in this game, and his ballhandling is extraordinary for a player of his size.
Poor Tony Delk really suffered early - he started 0-5. EKU hung tough and although they trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, they cut the lead to 6 by halftime (39-33). Kentucky had 11 turnovers (to EKU's 9) in the first half, and had ended the half cold, missing 8 of their last 10 shots. UK's starting guards had not scored by halftime.
Delk turned it around to start the second half, hitting his first four free throws before burying his first 3 point attempt. Dent continued his scoring inside off of effective lob passes which only he could reach. Rodrick Rhodes blocked an EKU shot in which the ball traveled at least 50 feet into the stands. Then Travis Ford finally got it on track, hitting his first 3 pointer at the 14:32 mark, and getting another one about 20 seconds later. Effective inside play by Dent and 3 pointers by Jeff Brassow swelled the UK lead to 64-45.
Eastern tried to stop the UK momentum shift by calling several timeouts early in the second half, and by the 11:30 mark, they had used their last. It didn't make any difference - a hook shot by Riddick and a Rhodes 3 pointer increased the Cat's margin to 20 points. Fine play by Brassow, Riddick, and Martinez kept Kentucky in control. McCarty continued to build up his assists by making a stellar pass to an airborne Riddick, who softly laid the ball in. Travis Ford had a number of layups when the EKU defenders refused to believe he would drive for the basket.
Travis set a new UK assist record in this game, making 15 (the old record of 14 was held jointly by Dirk Minniefield against Villanova and Dicky Beal against BYU). There were 7 Wildcat players in double figures, and almost everyone had a good game (including Sheppard, who hit every FG, 3 pointer, and FT he tried). By the end of the game, UK had 25 assists to EKU's 5. Fifty points were scored from the Wildcat bench, and Kentucky had a 25 rebound margin over EKU (after only leading by 3 rebounds at the half), 50-25.
An Eastern player shoots in front of Walter McCarty and Andre Riddick
Gimel Martinez looks to make a play