Recap: No. 1 Kentucky 92, UT Arlington 44

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman guard Devin Booker scored a career-high 19 points and fellow newcomer Karl Towns stuffed his stat line with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots as No. 1 Kentucky rolled to 6-0 on the season with a 92-44 win over UT Arlington on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats placed four other players in double figures -- Dakari Johnson 12, Andrew Harrison 11, Aaron Harrison 11 and Trey Lyles 10 -- on one of their better offensive nights of the season. UK shot 57 percent from the field and knocked down eight of 18 attempts from 3-point range, led by Booker's 5-of-6 night.

"They're sharing," UK head coach John Calipari said of his team, which recorded assists on 19 of 30 field goals. "The story, everybody wants to talk about defense, the energy, the blocked shots and the length, but the story is you have 10 guys sharing minutes. That's the whole story in a nutshell. Why is this happening? Because they're allowing it to happen."

Kentucky closed the first half with a 28-0 run, holding the Mavericks scoreless over the final 7:12. The spurt was arguably the Cats' best showing versus a zone defense this season as Booker hit four treys and Aaron Harrison buried two to match the second-largest halftime lead in program history.

UK dominated the glass once again with a 49-29 rebounding advantage. Alex Poythress and Lyles each pulled down nine to complement Towns' big night.

UT Arlington (3-2) was led by guard Lonnie McClanahan with 10 points.

In this AllWildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some of the day's highs and lows:

WHAT WE LIKED: Kentucky continued to play with a devastating mindset on the defensive end of the floor, holding UT Arlington to 27 percent (17 of 63) shooting for the game. It was the sixth consecutive opponent to be held under 40 percent against the Cats this season and the third that failed to reach 30 percent from the field.

KEY MOMENT: For lack of a better option, the halftime score was Booker 12, UTA 12. Booker was 4-for-5 from the field while the Mavericks were 4-for-32.

STAT OF THE DAY: The Cats' 55-12 halftime lead tied for the second-highest halftime margin in program history. It fell just one point shy of the school record set in 1996 when the eventual national champions led 86-42 against LSU at the break in Baton Rouge, La.

QUOTABLE: “It is very possible that (UK) could go undefeated, if they play the way they did tonight, playing together as a team, going inside, and when they keep hitting shots, they are not going to lose for sure. I think to beat them it would take a really poor shooting night and somebody would have to have great size. It would have to be one of hte powerhouse teams having an unbelievable night to knock them off.” – UTA coach Scott Cross.

UP NEXT: Kentucky returns to action Sunday at Rupp Arena against Providence in a 2 p.m. ET tipoff. The Friars, off to a 5-0 start with wins over Florida State and Notre Dame, will play Friday against Yale before heading to the Bluegrass State.


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