UK leads a lop-sided Sweet 16 matchup 44-18 at halftime


Guard Aaron Harrison of the Kentucky Wildcats goes for a layup during the Sweet 16 of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Quickens Loans Arena on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ky. Photo by Michael Reaves

West Virginia came out with very physical play against the Cats in the first half, but the fouls followed. In fact, within the first three minutes of play, the Mountaineers had racked up four fouls.

And West Virginia big man Devin Williams had two of his own in the first 73 seconds.

As a result, the Cats had a field day, and led 18-2 with 11 minutes remaining. But West Virginia fought back, and at the under-8 minute timeout the Cats led 30-9 (7:36).

Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison took over the game early for UK, scoring 12 early points without a missed field goal.

Freshman guard Devin Booker seemed to get back to his 3-point-making ways as well. He had two of them in the first half to help UK balloon its lead to 26 points at halftime, 44-18.