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Doron Lamb scores 26 in route of Penn State

Doron Lamb scored an impressive 26 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a less-than-impressive win over a weaker Penn State team 85 to 47. I say less than impressive because I cannot recall if UK actually ran one set play for the entire game, never the less UK's amazing talent and shooting ability quickly overwhelmed an inferior Penn State squad in the opening game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

Kentucky shot an amazing, and scary if you are a future opponent, 10 for 19 (52.6%) from the three-point line. Even though Kentucky never settled into their offensive the Cat's more than made up for it from the outside. Kentucky's smothering defense stifled the Nittany Lions for much of the game holding Penn State to 27% shooting overall and 24% from the three-point line.

Kyle Wiltjer was back on the court and was the Cat's second leading scorer with 19 points. Terrence Jones finished with 15 points and 9 boards.

Kentucky will have to solve it's half-court offensive woes as pure talent may win you a lot of games against inferior opponents but against more talented teams Kentucky will have to effectively run a set offense. It is very early in the season and I am sure Kentucky will eventually begin to run an effective set-play offense. If Kentucky can settle into their offense, and continue their hot shooting from the outside, Kentucky may be almost impossible to beat as their length and transition game cannot be matched.

With the outstanding play of Doron Lamb point guard Marquis Teague never really settled into his primary role as the Cat's floor leader. Teague shot an impressive 3-3 from the three-point line but only managed 1 assist while committing 4 turnovers. Also, freshmen phenom Anthony Davis was largely absent from Kentucky's route only scoring 3 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking only 1 shot.

(Crossposted on The Rural Democrat)

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