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Aaron Harrison's 22 points lead No. 3 Kentucky past Eastern Michigan 81-63

  • Kentucky's Andrew Harrison, left, shoots in front of Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Andrew Harrison, left, shoots in front of Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) is pressured by Kentucky's  Andrew Harrison (5) as Kentucky head coach John Calipari, left, looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) is pressured by Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) as Kentucky head coach John Calipari, left, looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) and Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) and Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (14) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

Aaron Harrison scored 22 points, Willie Cauley-Stein added 15, and third-ranked Kentucky earned its 500th Rupp Arena win by beating Eastern Michigan 81-63 on Wednesday.

Two days after escaping Cleveland State with a late rally, the Wildcats (6-1) was more methodical in improving to 500-62 lifetime in the 37-year-old home named for legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Leading just 35-32 at halftime, Kentucky steadily built it to double digits with 12:52 left and led by as many as 18 with three minutes remaining.

Kentucky controlled the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 52-33 including 19 offensive and scoring 23 second-chance points.

Julius Randle helped with all 14 points and nine of his 10 rebounds coming after halftime in posting his seventh double-double. Cauley-Stein had eight rebounds, Aaron Harrison seven and James Young six.

Kentucky also held EMU (5-1) to 24-of-66 shooting (36 percent) in dealing the Eagles their first loss.