NCAAB Game Recap - Lamar at Kentucky
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:00 PM EST

Akr
76
Lou
82
F
UVA
48
AzSt
45
F
Lamar
56
KY
81
F
LongI
66
TxTch
96
F
LongB
67
Ariz
104
F
N TX
59
UtSt
68
F
Vill
78
Baylor
87
F
Fla
70
Xav
65
F
Colora
56
Wyo
41
F
USD
69
Wash
88
F
Tul
65
Utah
61
F
Morg
112
Evans
115
F(3OT)
ChaSo
71
DelSt
61
F
NCAT
54
E MI
58
F
(N/A)
70
BethC
74
F
Albany
65
Presb
60
F
MisSt
81
CoCar
56
F
Mia-FL
55
UConn
80
F
FaDi
75
Lafy
80
F
NFla
67
Crei
76
F
(N/A)
68
TexAr
85
F
S UT
58
ETSU
70
F
WCU
70
Stetsn
64
F
(N/A)
62
Hartfo
58
F
WIMil
63
GrgWas
66
F
LSU
96
URI
83
F
UCIrv
74
Detr
86
F
MsVl
54
SDSt
84
F
WlmCry
64
SoMis
83
F
(N/A)
47
IPFW
81
F
VMI
63
UNCG
74
F
(N/A)
50
Maine
90
F
SacHr
97
Quin
80
F
E IL
72
InWor
63
F
AF
74
IndSt
84
F
Rice
77
ECU
69
F
CAPoly
59
Iowa
85
F
CSNor
56
Colg
64
F
Valpa
59
Nev
84
F
MOSt
74
Buff
75
F
UMass
63
StJon
78
F
StJos
64
Tows
76
F
Colum
82
CenCT
52
F
LoyMa
50
Duques
71
F
N DA
56
Minn
79
F
MidTN
63
Ohio
75
F
Cin
84
BGSU
91
F(OT)
Lib
62
UMKC
49
F
Hof
79
CS-Ful
57
F
Rider
72
Vermt
67
F
Nich
82
UMBC
72
F
SonSt
56
StMar
107
F
NOrl
71
HI
79
F
TCU
60
Clem
62
F(OT)

Kentucky 81, Lamar 56

Nov 24, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Lamar (4-2)

21

35

56

(9) Kentucky (5-1)

41

40

81

Tyrese Maxey scores 21 points, No. 9 Kentucky routs Lamar
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:15 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Tyrese Maxey had a breakout performance in Kentucky’s season-opener and it took five games for the freshman guard to duplicate the outing against Michigan State.

Maxey scored 21 points - five shy of his career high - and the Wildcats made a season-high 10 3-pointers in an 81-56 victory over Lamar on Sunday night.

The freshman guard made a career-high four 3-pointers, surpassing three he made in the Wildcats’ opening victory over Michigan State.

Since that time, Maxey, who scored 26 points in the the opener against the Spartans in the Champions Classic, has been building his own confidence, especially behind the scenes.

“I’m confident in myself,” he said. “I feel like I’m going to make the next (shot) no matter if I miss. I’ve put in too much work to have that same kind of thought process after a miss. Every time I shoot, I think it’s going in.”

Ashton Hagans added 15 points for Kentucky (5-1). Immanuel Quickley had 11, and Nick Richards added 10 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Davion Buster led Lamar (4-2) with 19 points.

Kentucky opened and closed the first half in impressive fashion. The Wildcats raced to a 15-0 lead and closed with a 22-2 run. The scoring spree came after the Cardinals tied it 19 with 8:52 remaining.

“We played better today,” Calipari said. “(We did) a lot of good stuff today. A lot of good stuff. Of the teams we've played, other than Michigan State, this team was as good as any of them, if not better than most of them or all of them. We played better.”

Maxey sparked the decisive spree with four 3-pointers and led the Wildcats with 12 points in the half. Lamar managed just one field goal in the final 8 minutes. Calipari said Maxey’s treys “stretched the game out.”

“Like, those baskets (were) like bang, bang, bang,” Calipari said. “He knows, if it's in transition, he can take it. Like, if we throw it ahead and he's open in transition, don't drive it, just shoot that ball.”

Avery Sullivan added 11 for the Cardinals, and followed with 11 and T.J. Atwood added 10.

MEMPHIS CONNECTION

Lamar coach Tic Price coached at Memphis for two seasons from 1997-99 and was replaced by Calipari. Price went 30-27 in two seasons, while Calipari compiled a 214-68 record in his nine-year tenure with the Tigers.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats have struggled from the 3-point line this season and had made just 19 in the first five games, including seven in the past two contests. Kentucky surpassed that mark with seven 3-pointers in the first half against the Cardinals. Kentucky made it hard for Lamar in the paint and had 13 blocks, with Richards and EJ Montgomery combining for 10 of those.

“I liked the fact that we blocked shots today,” Calipari said. “And I told the guys, how are we not blocking shots? We should be one of those teams in our league.”

Lamar: The Cardinals are in the midst of four straight road games, including three in a seven-day span. Lamar returns home on Dec. 7 and will take on Rice, before closing the calendar year with three road games. Lamar fell to 0-4 overall against the Wildcats. The Cardinals shot just 33% from the field and made just 21 of 64 field goals.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky has racked up three straight victories, including two straight blowouts, since a 67-64 loss to Evansville on Nov. 12. The Wildcats figure to remain No. 9.

UP NEXT

Lamar: At UAB on Tuesday night.

Kentucky: Hosts UAB on Friday night.

Leaders

Lamar PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Nickerson 0 0 0 4 0 1
D. Muoka 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Welch 0 0 0 0 1 0

Team Comparison

Lamar KY
Points For 56 81
Field Goals 21/64-33% 29/57-51%
Three Pointers 7/17-41% 10/22-45%
Free Throws 7/15-47% 13/19-68%
Offensive Rebounds 14 10
Defensive Rebounds 20 31
Rebounds 37 45
Blocks 2 13
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 10 11
Personal Fouls 16 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 24 Lamar 56 @ KY 81 A. Sohail 8 J. Juzang 2

Game Information

Stadium: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 20,048
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