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Kentucky Pulls Away from a Feisty Morehead St. Squad - 81 to 70

It is obvious that Sean Woods' comments criticizing the current UK squad had the opposite desired effect. Opposite meaning; BBN expected those comments to fire up this young Kentucky team, apparently it fired up his tough defensive Morehead squad.UK played one of the most pathetic first-half(s) of the Calipari era but managed to squeeze out a 1 point lead at the break.

Morehead played a relentless full court and mid-court trap defense that completely stymied UK's perimeter offense. Morehead played harder and played tough against this young Wildcat team and UK (at times) seemed a little intimidated, something that surprised me. I think it is safe to say that UK is in desperate need of a floor general, a "good" point guard. Hopefully Ryan Harrow returns to the team VERY soon.

 Archie Goodwin scored his 20th point of the night with 13:11 to play on a sweet cross-over drive to the basket that gave UK a 50 to 48 lead. That ignited a 16 to 2 run and UK grabbed a 10 point lead with 10:20 left in the ball game.  Amazingly UK hit their first three pointer with 11:12 in the second half. A testament to Morehead's tough half-court pressure defense. Another key stat with 11:00 was UK's 12 turnovers to Morehead's 6. UK, yet again, struggled on the defensive boards.

The whistle started blowing on Morehead in the second half and the Eagles racked up 16 fouls with 7 :30 on the clock in the second half. UK was 29 for 39 from the charity stripe with 4:30 left in the game, something that helped UK maintain a 10 point lead for most of the second half. Morehead St. seem to run out gas around the 4 minute mark as UK opened up a 77-63 lead.

UK had a scare with 44 seconds in the game as Archie Goodwin went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. Julius Mays gave Goodwin a piggy-back ride back to the bench, a funny and amazing site.

Key Stats
- Morehead St. 32 Fouls to UK's 12
- Archie Goodwin - 28 points and 6 rebounds
- Alex Poythress - 20 point and 8 rebounds
- UK also had 11 blocked shots

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