NCAA Game Summary - Coppin State at Kentucky
(Tuesday, December 28th)
Final Score: (11) Kentucky 91, Coppin State 61
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Terrence Jones led a balanced attack with 18 points and six rebounds, as 11th-ranked Kentucky routed Coppin State, 91-61, at Rupp Arena.
Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb each netted 17 points, while DeAndre Liggins donated 10 points, eight boards and six assists for Kentucky (10-2), which crushed Winthrop 89-52 last Wednesday and has won five in a row. Josh Harrellson added 10 points in the victory.
"Not bad. We had a couple breakdowns, but not bad. And we were going to stick with it," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said about the team's zone defense.
Jordan Lee finished with a team-high 11 points for Coppin State (4-6), which has lost three straight. Tony Gallo and Akeem Ellis finished with 10 points apiece in defeat.
"I thought that we would be a lot more competitive than what we were today," Coppin State head coach Fang Mitchell said. "I think that the lights got to them and we never really got started. We never really had a flow into the game like we were supposed to and give credit to Kentucky for putting the pressure on us for 40 minutes."
Kentucky led wire-to-wire in this one, as Knight hit a three-pointer on the Wildcats' opening possession and they were ahead 15-2 nearly seven minutes into the contest after Lamb made a pair from the stripe.
Coppin State was able to get as close as nine, 20-11, a short time later before Lamb's three-point play capped a 10-3 surge to put Kentucky ahead 30-14 at the five-minute mark.
A 9-3 run in the last two minutes of the half had the Wildcats up by a comfortable 40-19 margin at the intermission.
Kentucky continued to pull away in the second half as Jones' dunk and back- to-back layups put his squad up by 33 at 68-35 with 11:14 to play and the Wildcats cruised to the easy victory.
Kentucky improved to 2-0 in the all-time series against Coppin State with the other win coming in 2004...The Wildcats are now 6-0 at Rupp Arena this season...Kentucky shot 57.4 percent from the field, while Coppin State made on 36.1 percent of its shots.
12/28 22:30:58 ET