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Kentucky 88, Florida A&M 68

(AP Photo/James Crisp)

By STEVE McCLAIN
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cason Wallace scored a career-high 27 points to help No. 19 Kentucky beat Florida A&M 88-68.

The 6-foot-4 freshman guard also had four steals and nine assists.

Wallace scored the first seven points of the second half for the Wildcats (8-3) as they took a 69-48 lead. The Rattlers (2-8) answered with a 14-0 run, cutting the deficit to seven points on Jaylen Bates's 3-pointer. Wallace steadied Kentucky with a jumper and an assist on Antonio Reeves' dunk.

Bates led the Rattlers with 21 points and Dimingus Stevens added 13 points.

Oscar Tshiebwe scored 14 points for Kentucky.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari had said he would change the lineup to get a better flow on offense after the Wildcats lost to UCLA on Saturday. He did just that starting, Lance Ware and Chris Livingston in place of Jacob Toppin and Antonio Reeves.

The new lineup provided a quick spark as the Wildcats raced to an 18-2 lead, with Wallace scoring seven of the team's first 13 points.

THE BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: Free-throw shooting continued to plague the Wildcats, ranked 293rd in the country. Kentucky was 13 of 19 after going 5 of 13 agains UCLA.

Florida A&M: The Rattlers enjoyed one of their better shooting nights against a challenging schedule that has included three SEC teams. They shot 52% from the floor and 56% percent from 3-point range.

December 21, 2022


Florida A&M
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Bates F 31 7-10 5-6 2-3 2-5 2 0 0 3 3 21
C. Barrs F 21 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 1 1 2
J. Tillmon G 36 4-10 0-0 2-5 0-0 2 0 0 5 3 10
B. Smith G 23 3-6 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 7
J. Chatman G 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 2
H. Louis-Jeune   34 2-4 1-1 0-0 0-2 3 0 0 0 3 5
P. Williams   27 3-7 0-0 2-3 1-4 3 0 0 0 2 8
D. Stevens   10 5-8 1-1 2-3 0-0 1 0 0 1 2 13
R. Mathews   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Eisa   1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 26-50
(.520)
7-8
(.875)
9-16
(.563)
6-18 12 1 1 12 17 68


Kentucky
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Tshiebwe F 27 4-6 6-6 0-0 3-8 1 0 2 2 2 14
L. Ware F 20 1-4 2-3 0-0 4-5 0 0 0 1 2 4
C. Livingston F 15 3-4 1-2 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 8
C. Wallace G 31 10-15 2-5 5-6 1-2 9 0 4 2 3 27
S. Wheeler G 20 2-6 0-0 1-2 0-2 5 0 0 1 1 5
C. Fredrick   25 4-7 0-0 4-6 0-0 2 0 0 0 1 12
A. Reeves   25 4-11 0-0 2-7 0-2 1 0 0 0 1 10
J. Toppin   19 1-2 2-3 0-0 2-5 1 1 0 0 0 4
U. Onyenso   9 2-3 0-0 0-0 4-5 0 0 0 2 0 4
D. Collins   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
A. Thiero   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   199 31-59
(.525)
13-19
(.684)
13-23
(.565)
19-37 19 1 7 9 12 88
Officials: Anthony Jordan, Byron Jarrett, Landon Brandes




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