Veterans Lead 'Cats to Win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike each had 16 points and nine rebounds Friday night, leading No. 8 Kentucky past Georgia State 77-59.

Freshman center Randolph Morris added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who recorded their third lopsided win in as many games this season.

Hayes scored 12 of Kentucky's first 15 points, including six in a 12-2 run that erased Georgia State's brief lead and put the Wildcats ahead 18-10. Kentucky led 38-23 at halftime.

Kentucky, which enjoyed a considerable size advantage over the Panthers, emphasized taking the ball to the basket - the Wildcats finished with nine dunks and went 19-of-24 from the free-throw line.

Meanwhile, the Panthers (1-2) didn't attempt a free throw in the first half and took only four in the game, making one.

Hayes went 6-of-8 from the field in the first half, while the rest of the Wildcats went a combined 6-of-20.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 24-3 run over the first six minutes to extend their lead to 36 points. Georgia State came no closer than 18 points after that.

Marcus Brown led the Panthers with 16 points - going 4-of-5 from 3-point range - while Kevin Thomas added 12 points. Georgia State hit 12-of-29 3-point attempts, compared to 2-of-15 for Kentucky, but the Panthers finished only 37.7 percent from the field.

Rajon Rondo scored 12 points for Kentucky, while Patrick Sparks added six points and seven assists.

Hayes narrowly missed what would have been his 16th career double-double. This season, he had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Coppin State and 10 points and 11 rebounds against Ball State.

Kentucky is promoting Hayes as an All-America candidate using the slogan "All He Does Is Win." Kentucky is 68-12 with Hayes in the starting lineup, giving him the best current individual winning percentage (.850) in games started - among players with at least 60 starts - in NCAA Division I.

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