Cats quiet doubters by trouncing Missouri, 86-37

01/14/2015 01:04 AM

A few glaring weaknesses may have shown in Kentucky’s first two conference games, but Tuesday night’s matchup with Missouri proved the Cats deserve to be at the top of college basketball. 86 to 37, Kentucky over Missouri, was the final.

The Cats jumped out to a commanding first-half lead led by none other than freshman Devin Booker, whose father, Melvin Booker, was an All-American for Missouri. Booker scored all 7 of his points before the break.

Also for Kentucky, Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 16 points. Willie Cauley-Stein added 13 points. Karl Anthony Towns finished with a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. The freshman center also had 5 blocks to boot. UK sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins performed well after getting the starting nod. He finished with 6 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

Perhaps what sparked Kentucky’s resurgence this game was the fact that the platoon system made a reappearance after a week-long hiatus, leaving UK to fight off two overtime scares.

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