LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Wildcats pulled out a victory, 75-65, over Kansas on Tuesday in the finale of ESPN’s tipoff marathon. With the win, No. 2 Kentucky moves to 2-0 on the season, while No. 12 Kansas falls to 1-1 in 2011.
After a tie game, 28-28, at halftime, the Wildcats opened up their offensive attack in the second half. Sophomores Doron Lamb scored 17 points, while pulling down four boards and Terrence Jones added 15 points, seven boards and two assists. Freshman Anthony Davis chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Marquis Teague was solid with 12 points, two boards and three assists.
For Kansas, Tyshawn Taylor expectedly led the way, as he must do for the Jayhawks to be successful this season. Taylor scored a game-high 22 points, with two assists for KU. Thomas Robinson was Taylor’s No. 2 option, dropping a double-double on UK with 11 points and 12 boards.
Kentucky dominated Kansas in the second half of Tuesday’s game, outscoring the Jayhawks by ten points after halftime, en route to their second win of the year. An 11-0 run by Kentucky, highlighted by Teagues three pointer, put the Wildcats in the drivers seat.
No. 2 Kentucky (3-0) will get back to action Saturday from Rupp Arena when they will take on the most highly publicized place in the country right now, Penn State. It will be an 11:00 a.m. CST start from Lexington, where the Cats will be seeking their fourth win. No. 12 Kansas looks forward to another elite match-up with the Georgetown Hoyas next Tuesday. It will be an 11:00 p.m. local time start for the game. Both Kentucky and Kansas’ ceilings are extremely high coming into the 2011-12 college basketball season. Kentucky just got the early upper hand Tuesday night.