Kentucky-Miami Postgame Notes

Nov. 16, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Notes

KENTUCKY 72, MIAMI 70

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 2-0 on the season while Miami is 0-2.
  • Kentucky is 22-4 all-time against Miami and has won 20 in a row.
  • Kentucky returns to action against Sam Houston State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South.

First-Half Notes

  • Kentucky opened with a lineup of Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Darius Miller, Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins.
  • Wall sank his first shot as a Wildcat on a three-pointer from the top of the key.
  • Trailing 16-14, Miami went on a 16-0 run for a 30-16 lead.
  • The RedHawks swished nine of their first 12 three-point attempts, including 5-of-5 by Nick Winbush, and stretched the lead to 18 points at 36-18.
  • Kentucky countered with a 15-0 run, coming within 36-33, before Winbush hit his sixth-consecutive three-pointer.
  • Darnell Dodson hit his third-straight three to end the first half scoring as the visitors led, 39-36, at intermission.

Second-Half Notes

  • Miami spurted to a seven-point lead early in the half, 45-38.
  • Kentucky edged to within 52-48, then got a 9-0 run to go ahead 57-52.
  • Miami got a four-point play from Kenny Hayes and a three-point shot from Antonio Ballard to tie it at 59. Ballard added a basket/free throw to put the RedHawks ahead 62-61.
  • Winbush followed with his eighth three-pointer - setting a Rupp Arena record for most threes by a UK opponent - to give Miami a 65-63 edge.
  • Patterson tied it at 65 with foul shots with 2:58 to play.
  • Ballard's free throw at 2:25 put Miami up 66-65.
  • Patterson gave UK the lead at 2:07 with a follow-up dunk, 67-66.
  • MU's Julian Mavunga tied it at 67 with 1:47 left on a foul shot.
  • Cousins broke the tie with a layup at 1:26, 69-67.
  • Wall made a free throw with 19 seconds remaining to up the lead to 70-67.
  • Hayes tied it at 70 with a three-pointer with six seconds to go. It was Miami's 15 th three-pointer of the night, breaking the Rupp Arena opponent record of 14.
  • Wall drove the court and hit the game-winner with a 15-foot jumper left of the lane with 0.5 seconds on the clock.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky used its size advantage to dominate the rebounding, 37-25, leading to a 21-8 edge in second-chance points.
  • UK also controlled points in the paint, 32-12.
  • Kentucky got double-doubles from Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins. The last time UK got two double-doubles in a game was Jan. 21, 2009, when Patterson and Perry Stevenson did it against Auburn.
  • Miami broke the Rupp Arena opponent record by making 15 three-pointers. The RedHawks hit 15 of 26 beyond the arc. The previous record was 14 by three foes, most recently by Penn State on Nov. 25, 2000.

Individual Notes

  • John Wall's first official game in a Kentucky uniform was a night to remember.
    • Made his first shot as a Wildcat, hitting a three-pointer early in the first half.
    • Hit the game-winning shot with less than a second remaining in the game.
    • Led the Wildcats with 19 points, five assists and three steals.
  • Patrick Patterson collected a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
    • He has a D-D in both games this season.
    • He has 23 D-Ds in his career.
  • Freshman DeMarcus Cousins collected his first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
  • For Miami, Nick Winbush had a career-high 26 points. His eight three-pointers is a Rupp Arena opponent record. The previous record was seven on five occasions, last by Tennessee's Chris Lofton on Feb. 7, 2006.