Nick Richards leads Kentucky to 86-67 win over Fort Wayne

11/22/2017 10:09 PM

In a season that has amounted to an endless quest to play two consistent halves of basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats took a step forward Wednesday night in an 86-67 win over Fort Wayne at Rupp Arena.

While Kentucky certainly had their struggles in the first half, particularly when it came to defending Fort Wayne’s three-point shooting, the first twenty minutes still evened out to a fairly solid showing from the Cats. Kentucky entered the break with a 45-37 lead, thanks to strong defense in the final minutes, which led to efficient offensive possessions. That set the tone for the second half, where Kentucky mostly cruised.

For the game, the Cats shot 60% from the field, 45% from three and dominated the glass (44-21). Freshman big man Nick Richards was the star of the game, finishing with 25 points and 15 rebounds, both of which were career highs. Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox all scored 11 points, while sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Kentucky returns to the court Sunday at home against Illinois-Chicago at 6pm.

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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