Cats Defeat LIU-Brooklyn, 104-75

11/23/2012 05:08 PM

Kentucky bounced back from a physical game with Morehead State by running away from LIU-Brooklyn Friday at Rupp Arena. KSTV’s Andrew Bishop was there and here is his report:

– UK started this game against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds looking real sluggish. LIU Brooklyn took an early lead on the Cats. Within the first five minutes, LIU Brooklyn had scored 15 points on Kentucky. Six foot Sophomore point guard Jason Brickman, was able to easily drive the lane against the Cats and put up some easy lay-ups. Coach Cal had a couple comments about Brickman. Cal stated, “I like their point guard, Brickman, the way he plays…” Cal also commented on the Blackbirds, “That’s a good team. That’s a senior team… …they’ll win their league. I’ll be stunned if they don’t.” – It appeared that Kentucky’s only consistent method of scoring was the alley-oop in the first half. Stein & Noel both connected for a couple alley-oops against a small Blackbird defense. The tallest player for the Blackbirds was 6’7”. Besides the alley-oop, Archie Goodwin had to take matters into his own hands again by driving to the basket. Archie had his best game to-date. Goodwin almost had a triple double. When Coach Cal was asked if he knew about Archie almost reaching a triple-double Cal said, “If I thought that… I would’ve thought ten turnovers too… so that’s a quadruple-double… (laughs)” and states, “I’m not looking at that.” Archie on the other hand said after the game, “They told me with like three minutes left. I wish they wouldn’t have told me, because I was thinking about it too much and trying to get it. But it was still a good night for me… …to be apart of history would have been a good thing, but we got the victory and that’s all that matters.” – Speaking of Archie Goodwin being able to drive at will and put up points, he was asked how he is able to drive to the basket, take the foul, and make the shot. Archie said, “That just came from growing up in a rough part of Little Rock. You know when you play street ball, there’s really no fouls called. If you don’t make it, you just don’t make it, so that’s really what helped me out.” Cal says that Archie is still only playing 50 or 60% of the game, and needs to play every minute he’s on the court. – Also during Archie’s post game interview, Goodwin was told that he’s being compared to Dwayne Wade. When asked what Archie thought about that, he stated, “Yeah, I’ve heard that a lot. That’s a nice comparison, you know at the same time, I’m no where near where he’s at now. I still have a long ways to go.” – Archie seemed to have some cramps during the game, but his injury is nothing serious. Seven minutes left in the second half, Willie Cauley-Stein asked to be taken out as well, but he was just winded – nothing serious. When Cal was asked about Ryan Harrow’s illness, Cal said, “At the end of the day… I think he’ll back back tomorrow, and I think he’ll be back in practice on Sunday & Monday. But the time away… he starts down the totem-pole, like last, and he’s got to work his way back.” Cal also was very happy with the way Jarrod Polson is playing, and Coach Cal said Harrow will have to take a seat behind Polson.
Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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