- Thursday, January 6 1994 -
Notre Dame - 59 (Head Coach: John MacLeod) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 84 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 43, Notre Dame 25
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 18. (All Rights Reserved)
Dentless Kentucky Dents the Irish :
UK smashed Notre Dame last night 84-59 in a game not as close as the final score would indicate.
The Cats got their first chance to show what they could do without Rodney Dent in the lineup (his surgery is scheduled for January 16), and they did not disappoint. Although play started very sloppily (a tone which was maintained by both sides for the entire game), Tony Delk started the scoring off with a 3 pointer and a regular basket made off an inbounds play. UK's defense was hot as Notre Dame received a 10 second call in not bringing the ball up court fast enough. Riddick got a couple of early blocks (to put him over 30 for the season). Travis Ford had a couple of rare turnovers when he drove to the basket, overcommitted, and had to dish off when no Cat was open.
Notre Dame's leading scorer Monty Williams got a couple of early fouls (within the first 5 minutes of the game), and was relatively ineffective in the first half. UK steadily built its lead to 10 points on a steal and drive by Jeff Brassow. Both teams then went through a stretch consisting of bad ball control, bad passes, and numerous careless turnovers. Delk's tip-in of a missed McCarty 3 pointer gave him 14 first half points on 5-6 shooting from the floor. Jeff Sheppard showed tremendous hustle in one sequence, when he made a basket, stole the inbounded ball, was fouled, missed the free throw, but got his own rebound and was fouled again on his subsequent shot (making one of two free throws). Sheppard had 7 first half points.
Martinez made a 3 for his 5th point of the half, to give UK a 33-22 lead with 5 minutes left. Both Sheppard and Epps played together during the end of the half (one of the few times Pitino has played both his freshmen guards during a first half this season). Notre Dame had around 20 first half turnovers to Kentucky's 8.
Travis Ford was fouled near the end of the half, and his consecutive free throw streak was extended to 48, setting new SEC records for consecutive free throws, and consecutive free throws in a single season (6 of Travis' current streak were made last season). UK lead 43-25 at the break.
UK rapidly moved out in the second half to a 54-29 lead during a sequence where both Ford and Delk missed 3 pointers, but Rhodes wasn't afraid to shot yet another (he made his). Riddick surprised everyone by making 2 consecutive free throws, and by the midpoint of the second half, he had 5 assists! Another sloppy stretch occurred in the contest, during which Notre Dame made a bit of a run to cut the lead to 16, but baskets by Martinez and several free throws by Rhodes extended the lead back to 21.
Travis Ford was fouled again near the end of the second half (fewer and fewer teams are fouling him, since they know the result of such actions!), and pushed his consecutive streak out to 50. Jared Prickett picked up UK's 5th block of the game, and the contest concluded with several pretty lob passes and assists from Anthony Epps to Walter McCarty. McCarty soon returned the favors, making an assist to Epps. The final score, on a McCarty dunk, was 84-59. The final score matched UK's largest lead of the game. Notre Dame had 34 turnovers for the game to 17 for UK.
Rod Rhodes runs out of room under the basket
Andre Riddick (#10) dunks
Notre Dame's Jason Williams (#23) is trapped by Gimel Martinez and Jared Prickett (#32)