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POSTGAME NOTES: Nick Richards Leads Cats To Dominating Win Over EKU 91-49

Kentucky's Ashton Hagans defends Jacquess Hobbs of Eastern Kentucky during Friday night's game at Rupp Arena. (EKU Athletics Photo)


Compiled by UK Athletics

Kentucky 91, Eastern Kentucky 49

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 8, 2019

Attendance: 20,163

Team Records and Series Notes

· Kentucky is 2-0, Eastern Kentucky is 1-1.

o UK has begun the season 2-0 nine times in 11 seasons under John Calipari.

· UK leads the series 13-0.

· Kentucky increased its NCAA-leading win total to 2,295 all-time.

· UK is now 103-14 all-time in home openers. UK has won 11 consecutive home openers.

· Next up: Kentucky continues its eight-game homestand Tuesday vs. Evansville. That game will tip at 7 p.m. on SEC Network.

Player Notes

· Nick Richards notched the second double-double of his career with 21 points and 10 rebounds, adding four blocked shots on the defensive end. It was his second 20-point game of his career, four points shy of his career high 25 vs. Fort Wayne on Nov. 22, 2017. That also happens to be his only other double-double. UK is 3-0 in his career when he has double-figure scoring and 3-0 when he has double-figure rebounding.

· Nate Sestina posted his first double-double as a Wildcat with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

· It is the 12th double-double of his collegiate career with his previous 11 coming at Bucknell.

· Immanuel Quickley recorded career highs with 16 points and five assists.

· UK is 7-0 in his career when he scores in double figures and 3-0 when he has at least four assists.

· Ashton Hagans’ all-around game featured 11 points, a career-high-tying seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

· Keion Brooks Jr. and Khalil Whitney each had his first double-figure scoring game as Wildcats with 11 points each.

· Junior Riley Welch, sophomore Ben Jordan and freshman Brennan Canada forever have their names etched in Kentucky basketball lore as they made their first official appearances as Wildcats.


· Calipari improved to 307-71 at UK. 

· He has a 752-211 all-time on-court record.

· Calipari is 248-40 vs. Associated Press unranked competition under Calipari.

· UK has won 52 in a row at home vs. unranked competition.

· UK is 18-2 against in-state foes under Calipari.

Team Notes

· Kentucky limited EKU to 27.3 percent from the field.

· It’s UK”s best defensive field-goal percentage since limiting Stony Brook to 26.3 percent on March 17, 2016, in the first round of the 2016. NCAA Tournament.

· The Wildcats improved to 189-16 under John Calipari when holding the opponent to 40% or less from the floor.

· Kentucky is now 175-7 under Calipari when limiting the opposition to 63 points or less.

· Kentucky is now 75-0 under Calipari when limiting the opposition to 55 points or less.

· UK improved to 262-6 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points.

· Kentucky’s 91 points is the most since 92 vs. Virginia Military on Nov. 18, 2018.

· UK’s 54.6 shooting percent was the best since 55.4% at Ole Miss on March 5.

· Kentucky dominated around the basket, winning rebounding 54-25 and points in the paint 54-12.

· Six Wildcats scored in double figures, the first time that has happened since Feb. 24, 2018, vs. Missouri.

· The last time two Cats had double-doubles was March 31, 2019, in the NCAA Tournament vs. Auburn.

In the First Half

· The starting lineup consisted of Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Kahlil Whitney, Nate Sestina and Nick Richards.

· Tyrese Maxey was the first sub.

· Whitney got on the scoreboard first with a follow dunk at the 18:58 mark, the beginning of a 14-0 run to open the game.

· EKU had turnovers on its first five possessions, and UK kept the visitors scoreless during their first 15 possessions.

· EKU got on the board at the 12:57 mark, when Darius Hicks tallied a layup-and-one.

· Leading 23-10, Kentucky’s 9-0 run stretched the lead to 32-10.

· An EKU spurt closed the gap to 37-23, prompting a UK timeout with 2:38 remaining.

· The Wildcats responded with a 9-0 run and went to intermission ahead 46-25. UK held EKU to 27.3% shooting and Quickley led the Cats with 10 points.

In the Second Half

· Kentucky opened the second half with the original starting lineup.

· UK had a 10-0 run early in the half to run the score to 60-28.

· Ahead 69-41, a 13-0 spurt pushed the Cats up 82-41.

· Kentucky’s largest lead was 44 points on two occasions.


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