The Kentucky Wildcats used a tougher mindset and a lot of hustle to beat Marshall in front of a season high 24,271 in Rupp Arena today.
The Wildcats outrebounded a long and rough Thundering Herd team 48-43 and caused 17 turnovers while benefiting 26 points off those miscues.
Ryan Harrow had a career high 23 points on 10-17 shooting, 4 assists, and only turnovers during 33 minutes.
Nerlens Noel had his first collegiate double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Archie Godwin scored 18, but mostly from the free throw line, as he was a terrible 4-17 from the field. He finished 10-11 from the free throw line.
The rest of the scoring is as follows: Poythress 9, cauley-Stein 8, Wiltjer 8, Mays 5.
Marshall at Kentucky
Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., December 22, 2012
Attendance: 24,271 (season high)
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 82, Marshall 54
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky won its fourth-straight game and is 8-3 on the season and Marshall is 7-6.
Kentucky leads the series 12-0, including 8-0 in Lexington.
UK is now 68-13 all-time against teams from the current alignment of Conference USA.
After the Christmas break, the Wildcats wrap up 2012 action Saturday at Louisville at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
Kentucky started with the lineup of Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel for the second-straight game.
Trailing 20-18 at the 11:43 mark, Kentucky finished the half with a 15-4 run to take a 33-24 lead into intermission.
The first half continues to tell the tale for the Wildcats. UK is 8-0 this season when leading at halftime, 0-3 when behind at intermission.
Marshall made its first three shots, quickly cutting it to 33-31.
The Wildcats rallied with a 26-5 run to make it 59-36.
UK led comfortably the remainder of the way, leading by as many as 31 points.
Kentucky held Marshall to 54 points. UK is 27-0 under Coach John Calipari when limiting opponents to 55 or fewer points.
Marshall shot 29.6 percent from the field. Kentucky is 6-0 this season when holding the opponent under 40 percent.
Kentucky won the rebounding, 48-43.
UK won second-chance points 19-8.
UK got at least 40 rebounds for the fifth-straight game.
Kentucky had a season-low nine turnovers.
UK was efficient in points off turnovers, turning 17 Marshall miscues into 26 points.
UK dominated points in the paint 52-20.
Ryan Harrow scored a career-high 23 points. His previous best was 20 points against South Carolina-Upstate on Dec. 11, 2010, while playing for North Carolina State.
It is also Harrow’s third-straight game to set a season best, following 8 and 12 points in the previous two games.
He added four rebounds (one short of his career high), four assists and tied a career high with three steals.
Nerlens Noel totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds, his first Wildcat double-double.
Noel has at least six rebounds in every game this season.
Archie Goodwin scored 18 points.
Goodwin has scored in double figures in every game but one this season.
Coming into the game leading the team in free-throw attempts, Goodwin did a good job of getting to the line today, making 10 of 11 charity tosses.
Alex Poythress had nine points and tied a season high with nine rebounds.