LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky notched its fourth win of the season in five tries Monday night as the Wildcats outrebounded Troy (2-3) to a 70-62 win before 19,548 fans at Rupp Arena.
UK led the entire contest, capturing the rebounding department by a 53-30 margin over Troy, including 15 offensive boards, as three freshmen grabbed at least eight rebounds each. Hamidou Diallo snatched a game-high 10 rebounds (along with eight points), followed by Nick Richards and PJ Washington, both of whom had eight rebounds apiece.
"I thought our rebounding, especially in the first half, was outstanding," said Kentucky coach John Calipari. "We have been working on it. There are two things that have been an issue for us, rebounding the ball and turnovers."
UK's Kevin Knox tied the game-high scoring honors (with Troy's Wesley Person) with 17 points on a 7-of-12 shooting night. That means Knox has scored double figures in all five games this season. Quade Green added 13 points with Wenyen Gabriel following with 12.
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Even though Richards saw action for only 12 minutes, he was efficient, getting eights points in addition to eight rebounds..
In the free throw department, the Wildcats were much better this time, hitting 15 of 23 from the line, for 65.2 percent. Last Friday night, UK only made 20 percent of its free throws (3 of 15) against East Tennessee State.
Troy's head coach is Kentucky native Phil Cunningham.
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