- Thursday, December 30 1999 -
Nokia Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic (at New Orleans, LA)
Kentucky - 70 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Unranked]
|J. P. Blevins||31||4||6||2||3||3||3||0||2||2||2||3||1||0||0||13|
Missouri - 53 (Head Coach: Quin Snyder) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 28, Missouri 25
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Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Stephen John; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
Cats Rout Missouri
Senior center Jamaal Magloire scored a career high 21 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and added four more blocks to his all-time Kentucky shotblocking record as the Wildcats beat the Missouri Tigers in convincing fashion, 70-53. Kentucky improved its record to 8-4 including wins in its last four games. For Magloire, it was his 4th straight "double-double," a feat that has not been accomplished by a Kentucky player since Reggie Hanson did it in 1989.
Kentucky jumped out to a 10 point lead in the first half at the 8:30 mark. Magloire and Keith Bogans led the early scoring efforts from the Cats and the bigger Kentucky front line dominated the boards. But Missouri clawed their way back into the game behind sloppy Kentucky ball handling and the three point shooting of Missouri guard Clarence Gilbert. Missouri pulled to within 3 at 28-25 at the intermission.
Missouri opened the first half impressively and took the lead twice, the last lead coming at 34-33 at the 16:00 mark. But Kentucky's superior athleticism and big front line wore down the Tigers and Kentucky began to build its lead.
Tayshaun Prince hit a short shot to give Kentucky the lead for good at 35-34 at the 14:35 mark. Magloire and Stone both hit a pair of free throws and Bogans hit a jumper to complete an 8-0 run and give UK a 41-34 lead at the 12:45 mark. In an nine minute mark in the second half, Missouri went 0-13 from the floor. In that same period of time, UK outrebounded Missouri 19-9.
In the end, Missouri had no answer for Jamaal Magloire, who was simply too big and strong for the smallish Tiger front line. Missouri was playing without their best front line player, Kareem Rush. With 5:00 left in the game UK had built a 56-40 lead, Missouri was shooting 19% for the half and the game was essentially over.
Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans added 12 points for Kentucky. J.P. Blevins had an impressive night, scoring 13 points. Keyon Dooling led Missouri with 19 points. Jeff Hafer had 12 and Clarence Gilbert had 11.
Kentucky dominated the smaller Tigers on the backboards all night long and ended the game with a 44-26 rebounding advantage. If the rebounding was not enough, the Kentucky defense stifled Quin Snyder's team all night long. The Tigers shot only 31% from the floor for the night (26.9% from 3-point range). Although the outstanding Missouri guard trio did score 30 points, Dooling, Gilbert and Brawer were held to a combined 8-30 FG shooting. The thin Missouri bench provided almost no support. The entire Tigers bench scored only four points all night long.
Kentucky has only one more game before the SEC Conference schedule begins. They have a little break this weekend, then play Georgia Tech on Wednesday, January 5, at Freedom Hall in Louisiville.
For the Wildcats, it had to be a confidence-builder, beating a quality opponent away from Rupp Arena. The Wildcats have now won four in a row.