- Wednesday, December 27 2000 -
High Point - 49 (Head Coach: Jerry Steele) - [Unranked]
|Dustin Van Weerdhuizen||35||3||14||1||10||0||0||1||5||6||1||1||1||0||3||7|
|Derek Van Weerdhuizen||19||3||8||1||3||0||2||2||1||3||2||1||3||0||4||7|
Kentucky - 102 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Unranked]
|J. P. Blevins||15||3||4||2||3||0||0||1||1||2||2||0||0||0||2||8|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 42, High Point 20
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|Indiana 88 - 74|||||Louisville 64 - 62|
Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Jeff Drummond; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
UK rolls 102-49
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky scored 28 unanswered points to start the second half and romped to a 102-49 victory over High Point on Wednesday at Rupp Arena. When the dust had settled on the Wildcats' enormous run, it had reached 36-2 and was highlighted by nine points from sophomore guard Keith Bogans and 14-of-19 shooting from the field.
Kentucky shot over 50 percent (39 of 76) for the second straight game, held a 57-34 rebounding advantage, and topped the 100-point plateau for the first time since a 103-91 victory over Maryland on Dec. 12, 1998, in Lexington.
"It was a good night," said Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, who was celebrating his 25th anniversary with his wife, Donna, while coaching against the small North Carolina school the couple attended in the early 70s. "We needed a game like this where everybody played, everybody scored, and people feel good about themselves. Also, the fans feel good about the team."
Smith was pleased with the Wildcats' mental approach to the game. "That was a sign of a maturing team," he said. "We did not allow ourselves to regress. We told them not to look at the competition or the scoreboard, but to just play as hard as they could. We wanted for them to give their best effort possible for every second. That's important as we head into another phase of the schedule, to know how hard you have to play."
"Coach wanted us to stay focused," said freshman guard Gerald Fitch, who scored nine points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and collected three steals in only his second collegiate start. "We had to keep our focus and treat them like Michigan State or North Carolina or any other team."
The Cats were led by freshman center Jason Parker, who established a new career high with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Freshman forward Erik Daniels followed with 14, while Marquis Estill (13), Tayshaun Prince (12) and Bogans (12) rounded out the double-figure scorers for UK.
Kentucky (5-5) clawed back to the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 5. That also marked the last time they played at Rupp Arena, a 94-79 win over Eastern Kentucky. High Point (4-8) lost its sixth straight game.
The Cats raced to a 17-8 lead as Parker scored six points in the first five minutes of action, including 4-for-4 at the foul line where he had been shooting 41 percent on the season.
Marvin Stone scored six straight and Daniels tacked on three consecutive baskets as the lead swelled to 27-12 at the 10:09 mark of the first half. Parker added eight more points to his total to help Kentucky take a 40-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Kentucky wasted no time in putting the Panthers away in the second half. Baskets by Parker and Fitch, followed by nine straight points by Bogans made it 53-22 less than three minutes into the period.
Prince hit a pair of 3-pointers and a had a runout basket as the onslaught continued. His second 3-pointer put UK ahead 68-22 before High Point made its first basket of the half, a lob pass to Dustin Van Weerdhuizen at the 12:18 mark. The Panthers had missed their first 13 shots from the field and had turned the ball over six times before converting.
But Kentucky wasn't finished, getting a three-point play by Estill and a 3-pointer by J.P. Blevins to make it 76-24 and end the 36-2 run.
"I reminded them about how we have to come out with intensity in the second half," Smith said. "In the Michigan State game, I remember we didn't come out with that fire. They came out a lot tougher, a lot meaner, and took it to us. We recovered, but we didn't win the game. So we're learning, obviously."
High Point was held to 32 percent (21 of 66) shooting from the field to go along with 23 turnovers. The Panthers were led by Jermaine Wallace with 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Gerald Fitch and Marvin Stone battle High Point's Dustin Van Weerdhuizen for the ball
Tayshaun Prince (#21) dunks over Jimmy Bennett
Cliff Hawkins (#1) dunks