UK wins home opener 101-49

By Alex Forkner

The Cats shot, passed and dunked their way past the Lafayette Leopards in the first home game of the season on their way to a 101-49 victory, the largest of the John Calipari era and the widest margin of victory since defeating Vanderbilt by 62 in 2003.

UK led by 20 at halftime before the flood gates opened in the second half, which included a 39-2 run.

Sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer led UK with 23 points on 11-0f-18 shooting, including seven-of-11 on 3-point FGs.

Freshman forward Alex Poythress wasn’t far behind, continuing his dominant play from the Duke game to a 22 point outing on nine-of-10 shooting.

Freshman forward Nerlens Noel played the role of stat stuffer, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block.

Graduate guard Julius Mays scored five points, dished out 10 assists and committed no turnovers. Freshman guard Archie Goodwin added 13 points.

The Cats shot 64.5 percent from the field as a team, the highest shooting percentage under Calipari. The win marks UK’s 52nd straight victory at Rupp Arena.

Check back for more of the Kernel’s coverage from tonight’s game.