The Cats move to (7-1) on the season; Fairleigh Dickinson drops to (2-6).
LEXINGTON – December 7, 2019 – Bradley Charles – Bluegrass Sports Nation
It was a feel-good night for BBN as the Cats looked impressive in their 31-point victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. BBN came out in full force to the contest as 20,080 fans were in attendance.
In the First Half…
Kentucky held a 9-7 lead four minutes into the game. From there, the Cats went on a 26-6 run to take a 35-13 lead with 5:41 to play in the first half. Immanuel Quickley ignited the run with seven of the run’s first nine points. At halftime, UK led 43-23, which is tied for the second-largest halftime lead of the season for the Cats.
In the Second Half…
The Cats rolled to an 83-52 victory. E.J. Montgomery and Keion Brooks Jr. combined for 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. UK went 11-of-12 from the free throw line; Ashton Hagans went 7-for-7. Kentucky recorded 12 assists in the second half.
With the win, Kentucky notched their 600th all-time regular season win in Rupp Arena. The Cats reached 600 wins in Rupp Arena faster than any other school ever has in one venue. UCLA reached 600 wins in 689 games, UK did it in 670 games.
Kentucky is now 600-70 all-time in Rupp Arena; 173-10 under John Calipari.
UK held Fairleigh Dickinson to 52 points; the Cats are 76-0 under John Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 points or less and 179-7 when the opponent scores 63 points or less.
Kentucky went 17-of-19 (89.5%) from the free throw line tonight. The Cats are shooting 79.5% from the line this season.
E.J. Montgomery posted a career-high 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field. Montgomery had 16 points in UK’s last game which was, at the time, his career-high.
Montgomery had 14 points and seven rebounds at halftime. He finished with nine rebounds, one shy of recording what would have been his second career double-double.
Ashton Hagans tallied 11 points and 11 assists to just two turnovers. Hagans is averaging nine assists over the last five games.
Nick Richards scored double-digits for the fifth consecutive game with 12 points on the night. Richards led all players in rebounds with 10 boards on the night.
Keion Brooks Jr. recorded a career-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor.
Kentucky’s next game is against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 14th. The game will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will air on ESPN.