Several career highs as UK rolls past UIC, 107-73


Redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo dunks the ball during the game against UIC on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 107-73. Photo by Hunter Mitchell

Chase Campbell

The UK men’s basketball team hosted the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames Sunday evening, and the game was never really out of hand for the Cats. They took the win 107-73, and controlled the game in each of its phases.

The UK offense couldn’t be contained, passing the 100-point mark with several minutes to go in the game, and shooting 66.7 percent from the field while the Flames shot only 40.6 percent. 

The Cats took the early lead, opening up a double-digit advantage before 10 minutes had passed in the game. They never relinquished the lead after that point, staying ahead by at least 10 for the entire game after they gained that advantage.

UK’s balance was also a strong suit, as all five starters (Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards) scored within three minutes of the start of the game. UK also finished the game with six double-digit scorers (all five starters and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander).

As UK extended its lead throughout the game, the Cats put a lot of pressure on the Flames, forcing turnovers (21 by the Flames) and drawing fouls (22 in the game). The Cats also moved the ball well, dishing out 22 assists and only committing 15 turnovers in the game.

UK continued to punish the Flames by rocking the rim, including two long jumps by Diallo, who notched a career-high 19 points in the game. Both of his big dunks were made after driving and jumping from the SEC logo inside the paint.

He wasn’t the only Cat to score his career high, as Gilgeous-Alexander, Washington and Knox all scored the highest amount of points in their young careers. They scored 14, 17, and 25 points, respectively.

The Cats end their stretch of three games in three weeks, and will play Harvard next on Dec. 2 at 3:30, giving the team their longest break between regular season games this year.