Cats finish 2009 undefeated with 104-61 win

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was the final game of calendar year 2009, and it ended the same way the other 13 games this season have ended, with a Kentucky victory. Demarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson scored 19 points each to lead the Cats to the overwhelming victory. John Wall also set a UK record with 16 assists in the outing.

It was a game where Kentucky could have almost named the score, and the way they were going to score. The Cats hit from the outside, from the inside, and every place in-between. UK Coach John Calipari noted that freshman phenom John Wall--whose nine points marked the first time all season he did not score in double figures--could have scored much more.

"At halftime, he was 11-and-0 (assist-to-turnovers) and what I said to the team was that in a game like this he could try to score 30 points and not pass you all the ball and none of us would really say anything," Calipari said. "In the end, and I normally don't do it, but they told me he needed two more for the record so I stuck him back in and ran everything that I could to get him to pass it to somebody to get him the two and get him out of the game. I did it because it is a game where he could have tried to have 30 points but he chose not to and pass to his teammates. That is why I did it."

Wall wasn't the only freshman having another outstanding game. Cousins continued his torrid play of late, scoring 19 points in only 19 minutes of action. "DeMarcus (Cousins) was a beast," Calipari said. "That is what he was. John (Wall) did his thing. We still have to defend better at a couple of positions. We are not doing a great job at defending a couple of positions so we need to get better."

The Cats scored a season high 104 points, and shot a season-best 60.3% from the field. They also added a season high 30 assists, while committing a season low seven turnovers.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday to face their in-state rivals, the Louisville Cardinals in Rupp Arena.

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