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Kentucky 95, Miami 73

College Basketball

By GARY B. GRAVES
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Reed Sheppard scored 21 points, including 13 during a second half in which Kentucky shot 67%, and Antonio Reeves added 18 to propel 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 95-73 blowout of No. 8 Miami in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Sheppard came off the bench, drained a 3 for his first basket and finished 5 of 9 from long range and 8 of 13 overall. Reeves was 7 of 12 from the field.

Tre Mitchell had 14 points and seven assists, Rob Dillingham scored 14 points and Justin Edwards had 11 points for Kentucky (6-1).

Norchad Omier scored 20 points and Wooga Poplar had 19 for the Hurricanes (5-1), who shot 44.1% from the field but were no match for Kentucky’s nearly flawless offensive performance.

The Wildcats made their final three shots to lead 42-37 at halftime before sinking their first six of the second half and 10 of 11 overall for a 67-43 advantage with 14:15 remaining. Kentucky ended up converting 20 of 30 after halftime and 37 of 62 overall (59.7%) to dominate a matchup between two of the country's highest-scoring teams.

Kentucky led by as much as 29 points and finished 9 of 21 (42.9%) from 3-point range.

BIG PICTURE

Miami entered the game ranked 12th in scoring at 89 points per game and for a while seemed intent on setting the pace. The Hurricanes built a 29-23 lead with an 18-2 run, but it didn't last.

Kentucky picked up where it left off after scoring 118 points against Marshall, a John Calipari-era record. The Wildcats outscored Miami 38-23 in the paint and 23-7 on the fast break, hitting a few transition 3s in the process.

November 28, 2023


Miami (FL)
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Omier F 19 6-10 7-7 1-1 3-6 0 0 0 3 5 20
W. Poplar G 31 7-13 5-8 0-2 2-8 1 0 2 1 2 19
M. Cleveland G 27 2-3 0-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 5
N. Pack G 26 1-6 0-0 0-3 0-1 3 0 0 3 0 2
B. Joseph G 21 2-5 0-0 0-2 0-1 1 0 2 2 3 4
K. George   23 2-7 0-0 1-5 0-2 2 0 0 1 1 5
M. Nwoko   18 3-6 2-2 0-1 3-6 0 0 0 2 2 8
C. Watson   16 3-5 2-2 2-3 0-3 1 0 0 0 0 10
A. Casey   11 0-3 0-0 0-0 2-4 0 0 0 1 1 0
P. Djobet   5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Robinson   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   202 26-59
(.441)
16-21
(.762)
5-19
(.263)
12-35 8 1 5 15 15 73


Kentucky
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Mitchell F 34 5-8 3-4 1-4 1-5 7 2 1 3 4 14
A. Reeves G 38 7-12 3-4 1-3 2-5 1 0 1 1 1 18
J. Edwards G 28 5-7 1-3 0-1 2-3 0 0 2 0 3 11
A. Thiero G 28 4-5 1-1 0-0 1-6 3 1 0 2 3 9
D. Wagner G 10 1-3 3-4 0-2 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 5
R. Sheppard   30 8-13 0-0 5-9 0-5 4 1 3 1 2 21
R. Dillingham   22 5-12 0-0 2-2 0-5 9 0 2 0 4 12
J. Burks   9 2-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 5
Totals   199 37-62
(.597)
12-17
(.706)
9-21
(.429)
6-29 26 5 9 8 18 95
Officials: Pat Adams, K.B. Burdett, Byron Jarrett




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