UK men’s basketball picks up big double-digit win at Arkansas


Kevin Knox shoots a jumper during the game against Alabama on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Kentucky picked up its first SEC road victory since mid-January on Tuesday evening by knocking off the Arkansas Razorbacks 87-77.

Kentucky extends its win streak to two while improving to 19-9 on the season. Kevin Knox led the Cats in scoring for the ninth time this season, finishing with 23 points while adding on seven rebounds.

After a first half that featured five lead changes, the game would continue to be close until the Cats used a 22-4 run from 13:16 to 6:50 in the second half to open up a double-digit lead.

Knox scored seven points during the run while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added eight more to help open up the lead. Gilgeous-Alexander ended his two-game slump by finishing with 18 points and seven assists.

Kentucky would maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, at one point leading by 17, which was the largest lead the Cats have held since beating Louisville by 32 on Dec. 29, 2017. 

The Cats finished the game shooting 46 percent from the floor, extending their streak of shooting above 40 percent to five games. UK also outrebounded Arkansas 46-29 and assisted on 16 of its 31 made shots. 

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While the offense was working for the Cats, defense was also a big reason why the Cats were able to get the big win. After putting up 23 points in the first 30 minutes of the game, Arkansas’ Daryl Macon finished the final 10 minutes with only three points.

Arkansas also missed 10 of their final 12 shots during the final nine minutes of the game, which UK finished on a 15-7 run. Coming into the game, Arkansas had one of the top offenses, but finished the game shooting under 40 percent.

While Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander were the stars for Kentucky, P.J. Washington has a big game himself, recording his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt also finished with double-digit points. The five UK players who finished in double-figures accounted for 89 percent of UK’s points. 

The Cats will look to keep momentum going and look to avenge an earlier loss this season when they host Missouri on Saturday. Tipoff is at 8:15 p.m.