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Lyles, Ulis each score 12, No. 1 Kentucky rallies past Buffalo in second half for 71-52 win

  • Kentucky's Trey Lyles, left, looks for an opening against Buffalo's Raheem Johnson (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Trey Lyles, left, looks for an opening against Buffalo's Raheem Johnson (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, has his shot blocked by Buffalo's Raheem Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.  (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, has his shot blocked by Buffalo's Raheem Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, left, shoots near teammate Willie Cauley-Stein during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Buffalo, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.  (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, left, shoots near teammate Willie Cauley-Stein during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Buffalo, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

Trey Lyles lifted No. 1 Kentucky out of a funk with five straight points to begin the second half, and Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to help the Wildcats rally for a 71-52 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.

Trailing 38-33 at halftime, Kentucky used a 3-pointer and subsequent steal and dunk by Lyles to get back on track. The 6-foot-10 freshman forward finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Wildcats pulled away from the stubborn Bulls (1-1) in the final 20 minutes.

The Wildcats (2-0) shot 41 percent (25 for 61) from the field. But they clamped down on Buffalo down the stretch, holding the Bulls to 4-of-19 shooting in the second half and 35 percent overall.