Toreros tame Wildcats 81-72

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The San Diego Toreros defeated the Kentucky Wildcats today in Rupp Arena, 81-72. The Toreros rode the hot hand of 6'0 guard Brandon Johnson, who poured in 27 points (22 in the second half), and also grabbed eight rebounds in the game. The loss ruined the arrival of Derrick Jasper, who played for Kentucky for the first time all season.

The Toreros outrebounded the Cats, outshot the Cats from 3-point range, and outshot the Cats from the free throw line, and the margins were startling. Rebounds came easily for San Diego, who outrebounded Kentucky 34-25. One of the shortest players on the court, little 6'0 guard Johnson, grabbed three more rebounds than Kentucky's leading rebounder (Patrick Patterson and Perry Stevenson, both of whom having five.)

San Diego came into Rupp Arena with a 6-8 record, and noted for poor shooting. They left with a win, courtesy of 56.3% shooting from 3-point range (9-19) and near-90% shooting from the free throw line (32-36). The Toreros more than doubled the Wildcats' scoring from those distances, 59-28.

Kentucky was led by Ramel Bradley and Patterson, each pumping in 20 points, although many of Bradley's points came after the game had been decided. Joe Crawford added 10 on 4-4 shooting.

Although Jasper was clearly not yet in game shape, he managed four assists in eleven minutes of play in the first half, and the Wildcat offense appeared more effective with him in the game. His play was limited in the second half to only three minutes. Another injured Wildcat, Jodie Meeks, saw time today in the game. Meeks is recovering from a fractured pelvis which limited his gametime to just one game in Kentucky's last eight. Meeks played 12 minutes in the ballgame, but was not effective.

The loss moves the Wildcats under .500 for the second time this season at 5-6. They will return to action Monday at 12:00 noon in Rupp Arena to face Florida International University.

AllWildcats Top Stories