NCAAB Game Recap - Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Fri Nov 8, 2019 7:00 PM EST

E KY
49
KY
91
F
UNCG
62
Kansas
74
F
ColSt
55
Duke
89
F
UNC
78
UNCW
62
F
IL-C
46
Mem
92
F
Baylor
64
Wash
67
F
Web
34
UtSt
89
F
Sien
63
Xav
81
F
BGSU
79
LSU
88
F
David
66
Aub
76
F
N TX
56
VACom
59
F
(N/A)
51
E MI
93
F
(N/A)
76
Mercer
84
F
Oakl
53
Del
56
F
(N/A)
62
USC-Up
103
F
USMMA
43
Army
80
F
(N/A)
64
SCSt
79
F
(N/A)
53
Norf
93
F
(N/A)
54
Elon
95
F
Dart
68
Buff
63
F
Akr
84
WVU
94
F
(N/A)
65
Jacksn
83
F
ArkSt
43
Miss
71
F
(N/A)
37
Yale
94
F
Maris
58
VMI
56
F
Copp
42
VaTec
74
F
(N/A)
31
Tows
100
F
Vermt
61
StBon
59
F
StFPA
98
Rich
100
F(OT)
ChaSo
49
NCAT
63
F
FlAtl
60
Mia-FL
74
F
UMassL
87
LongI
74
F
Longw
65
GMas
76
F
LoyIL
63
Furm
87
F
Niag
64
Drex
72
F
Rider
81
DelSt
54
F
SacHr
67
UConn
89
F
W&M
79
Amer
70
F
(N/A)
47
Campbl
101
F
TexSA
60
SIU
72
F
(N/A)
66
CoCar
102
F
Radf
60
Lib
66
F
FaDi
59
DeP
70
F
E IL
52
Wisc
65
F
(N/A)
71
NW
61
F
NoKY
56
Mizzu
71
F
SamH
58
MisSt
67
F
(N/A)
61
Lamar
106
F
Harv
79
NE
84
F
Reinh
55
GaSo
109
F
Eccle
52
Gram
147
F
HBU
81
Oral
95
F
(N/A)
59
FlInt
101
F
ECU
57
Navy
62
F
MsVl
49
Utah
143
F
Ill
83
GrCan
71
F
SIU-E
60
Iowa
87
F
SDak
72
Pacif
62
F
CalLu
56
CBap
112
F
CAPoly
63
SCla
77
F
(N/A)
27
Sac
76
F
InWor
61
N CO
83
F
AzSt
71
Colora
81
F
Portl
65
USC
76
F
FlaAM
52
HI
65
F

Nov 8, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Eastern Kentucky (1-1)

25

24

49

(2) Kentucky (2-0)

46

45

91

No. 2 Kentucky easily handles Eastern Kentucky 91-49
Fri Nov 8, 2019 11:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Sore ankle notwithstanding, Kentucky forward Nick Richards established a strong presence against Eastern Kentucky.

Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Immanuel Quickley added a career-high 16 points and No. 2 Kentucky scored the game's first 14 points to cruise past Eastern Kentucky 91-49 on Friday night.

Seeking to follow up Tuesday's 69-62 victory over top-ranked Michigan State, the Wildcats (2-0) made six of their first 10 shots, including a couple of baskets by Richards. The Colonels, meanwhile, missed their first nine attempts before Darius Hicks' three-point play with 12:57 remaining in the first half.

Kentucky had some sloppy stretches that allowed EKU (1-1) to get within 37-23 before regrouping to lead 46-25 at the break. The Wildcats led by 44 in the second half and finished 34 of 62 from the field (55%) and dominated the boards 54-25.

Richards' point total was just four off his career high against Fort Wayne as a freshman. The junior forward also had four of Kentucky's six blocks, one shy of his best against Kansas last January.

It was just what the Wildcats needed with concerns about its post depth.

"So much better than a year ago," Kentucky coach John Calipari said of Richards. "Then you say, `You must really be pumping him up, saying great things.'

"No. He's in the greatest shape he's ever been, and he has built his own confidence. It doesn't matter what I say now."

Richards' effort was even more impressive considering he began the week questionable because of a left ankle sprain sustained in Kentucky's exhibition opener against Georgetown College. He returned to get seven points and four rebounds in 25 minutes against Michigan State, and Friday offered proof of his improved health and assertiveness on both ends.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable on the floor," said the 6-foot-11 Richards, who added that his ankle is "getting there."

"My teammates are trying to find easy ways for me to get baskets, and I'm just trying to do my job on the defense end to help them out on ball screens and get rebounds and blocks as much as possible."

Nate Sestina had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky. Ashton Hagans, Keion Brooks Jr. and Kahlil Whitney each added 11 points.

Michael Moreno had 14 points off the bench for EKU, which shot 25% and committed 21 turnovers. Ty Taylor added nine points, while Tre King and Jacquess Hobbs had six apiece.

"We were just shocked," Colonels coach A.W. Hamilton said of the start. "We didn't respond. We didn't handle adversity in the first half, and we dug too big of a hole. We turned it over too much, just sloppy with the basketball."

SIDELINED

The Wildcats played without sophomore forward EJ Montgomery, who was declared out before the game with a right ankle injury sustained against Michigan State. Calipari had no update after the game but said "he's hurt" and being evaluated daily.

DOUBLE DOWN

Richards posted his second career double-double, the first since he also had 15 rebounds against Fort Wayne. Graduate transfer Nate Sestina posted his first double-double with Kentucky after a seven-point, six-rebound debut on Tuesday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky's second win this week should earn the nation's No. 1 ranking when the poll is released Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Kentucky: Other than a first-half stretch in which the Colonels' shooters found their stroke, it was a generally rough night from the floor. They made just 8 of 33 from beyond the arc and only 8 of 31 from inside.

Kentucky: The Wildcats didn't need big baskets from freshman Tyrese Maxey, who had nine points in 26 minutes after scoring 26 against the Spartans. Plenty contributed to their improved shooting performance and a dominant effort on the glass. The Wildcats improved to 13-0 over the neighboring school, a half hour south of Lexington.

UP NEXT

Eastern Kentucky: Hosts Ohio-Chillicothe on Tuesday.

Kentucky: Hosts Evansville on Tuesday.

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Leaders

Eastern Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. King 0 0 0 0 2 0
C. Carmical 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Juzang 0 0 1 7 0 0

Team Comparison

E KY KY
Points For 49 91
Field Goals 16/64-25% 34/62-55%
Three Pointers 8/33-24% 2/14-14%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 21/32-66%
Offensive Rebounds 4 12
Defensive Rebounds 21 42
Rebounds 28 57
Blocks 0 6
Steals 10 8
Turnovers 21 18
Personal Fouls 21 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - KY Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 8 E KY 49 @ KY 91 D. Hicks 4 T. Maxey 9

Game Information

Stadium: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 20,163
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