Games like this aren’t the most fun to watch, but they are necessary. After a heartbreaking loss to Indiana a week ago, and a whole week in between games, it was nice to see the Cats get back to basics and take care of their business against a weaker opponent. The Cats took down the Mocs 87-62.
Doron Lamb continues to make the case as MVP of this team, finishing with 24 points on the night. With Jones out, the Cats changed their offensive game plan up a tad and used the long ball frequently. Lamb was on fire on the night, and went 4-9 from beyond the arc and shot 10-17 from the floor. As a team, Kentucky took 17 shots from three-point land in the second half, and for the game, they shot 12-33 from beyond the arc.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to be the consistent, steady force they need. He finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. But what he did from long-range and at the charity stripe was most impressive. Kidd-Gilchrist was 2-3 from three-point land, and he was 7-8 from the line. He continues to seem wise beyond his years, and rarely looks like a freshman
Anthony Davis had 14 points to go along with his 18 rebounds and five blocks. It was truly a dominant performance from Davis who showed just how much he effects the game when clicking on all cylinders. He was Saturday night.
Terrence Jones had yet another disappointing game, though this was not by any fault of his own. He missed most of the game when he dislocated a finger on his left hand. He’s considered to be day-to-day with the injury.
Because of his transfer and the conclusion of the fall semester, Twany Beckham made his first appearance of the season. He did not attempt a shot and played just three minutes. It’s unclear how much impact Beckham will make this year, but it’s nice to have another body for a team that isn’t very deep.
Kentucky just did what they were supposed to do. It was a good game to work on some things and to stay sharp. They have similar opponents on the way, with Samford coming into Lexington on Tuesday night, and then Loyola Thursday afternoon as the team will go their separate ways for the holidays.
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