UK Gets Back On Track, Pounds Samford 88-56

12/04/2012 10:39 PM

John Calipari got started on a new home winning streak Tuesday night as his UK basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak, beating Samford 88-56.

In the first half, things seem to finally be clicking for a UK team that has looked out of sorts throughout the season. The Cats raced to a 45-14 lead thanks to an offense that looked to have more energy and assertiveness, as well as the most aggressive team defense they’ve shown all season.

But in the second half, some of the same issues started to creep back in the picture as Samford came out unfazed by the halftime deficit and scored 42 points. After the game, Calipari said he’s concerned with his team’s conditioning at the moment and that they’d figure that out over the next several weeks.

Six Cats scored in double digits against the Bulldogs, with Archie Goodwin leading the way with 18. Alex Poythress added 16 points and 8 rebounds while Willie Cauley-Stein notched his first double-double off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

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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