Battle Of The Bluegrass: All Blue!

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, PJ Washington added
16 and No. 16 Kentucky used several runs to blow out rival Louisville 90-61 Friday in the annual
showdown for Bluegrass bragging rights.

Seeking to regroup after last week’s 83-75 loss to unranked UCLA (and listening to UCLA celebrate across the hall from UK dressing room), the Hungry Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57
percent second-half shooting.

Gilgeous-Alexander finished 9 of 16 from the field to top his previous best of 15 points against
Monmouth earlier this month. Washington helped with 10 points down the stretch in the first half for
a 41-27 lead that expanded as Kentucky earned its biggest series win since a 76-46 rout in the
1999-2000 season.

Playing its first rivalry game in 16 seasons without coach Rick Pitino, who was fired in October,
Louisville (10-3) couldn’t keep up after the early minutes. Kentucky showed focus, attitude, and
toughness needed to win against good teams.

Next game:

Louisville: Hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Kentucky: Opens Southeastern Conference play Sunday against Georgia, seeking its fourth
consecutive regular-season title.

John Leonard

John Leonard is the lead Kentucky Sports Writer for SportZreport.com. John, a Western Kentucky Graduate, loves Sports. Especially, the Yankees. He has been with the SportZreport.com Writing Team since October 2017. Email any questions or comments to John@SportZreport.com

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