Connecticut routs UK 84-67



Everyone knew coming into the game that Kemba Walker was on another level.

The Connecticut guard had scored 31 and 30 points in the first two rounds of the Maui Invitational in guiding the Huskies to the finals to play UK.

He didn’t let up, pouring in 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with six assists in leading Connecticut (5-0) to a 86-67 shellacking of No. 9 UK (4-1).

Connecticut raced out to a 50-29 halftime lead as UK’s defense tried, unsuccessfully, to stop Walker, who was named the tournament MVP, and forward Alex Oriakhi, who scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

UK started to get frisky early in the second half by stringing together three consecutive 3-point baskets to cut the lead to 15.

But the threes stopped falling, and Walker kept scoring. He ended up three points shy of the all-time tournament record for most points scored.

UK even threw a 3-2 zone at Connecticut in hopes of slowing down their opponent. It didn’t work. Connecticut ended up shooting just over 58 percent from the floor for the game.

Terrence Jones put up big numbers again, scoring 24 points, including UK’s first eight. But he had some foul trouble in both halves. Jones was on the bench while Connecticut closed the first half on an 18-2 run, during which UK head coach John Calipari did not call any timeouts. Jones was named to the all-tournament team.

Brandon Knight struggled, scoring six points and turning the ball over four times. He was 0-for-8 on 3-point shots and committed a couple bad fouls.