North Carolina’s hot-shooting in the first half enabled the visitors to jump out to a lead as large as nine behind six made 3-pointers in the half.
The Tar Heels shot 48 percent including 67 from behind the arc compared to Kentucky’s 37 percent clip and 28 percent from the 3-point line.
Jones was the lone Wildcat to reach double-figures scoring with a team-high 14 points in the opening frame. It marked the third straight game he had reached double-figures by the half-way point.
With North Carolina leading 24-20, the Tar Heels’ Tyler Zeller scored eight-straight points to highlight an 8-5 run and stretch the visitor’s lead to 32-25.
Kentucky trailed 38-43 at halftime. It marked just the second time this season the Wildcats have trailed at the half.
Second Half Notes
Kentucky went on a 7-2 run tie the score at 45 capped off by a three-point play from Anthony Davis with 18 minutes on the clock. North Carolina immediately stopped the run with a 3-pointer at the other end to recapture the lead.
UK took the lead at 52-51 with 15:18 to play on a Marquis Teague layup. North Carolina, again answered on the next possession with a 3-pointer from PJ Hairston.
Kentucky again grabbed a one-point edge at 61-50 following a Davis’ hook. A Kyle Wiltjer lay-in gave UK its largest advantage at 63-60 to key a 10-2 run over a 2:56 span.
KEY RUN: Leading 73-72 and North Carolina driving, freshman Anthony Davis blocked the shot of UNC’s John Henson with :07 seconds left and rebounded his block to seal UK’s win.
In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAA's all-time wins leader with 2,060 wins.
The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 39 games, including the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 38 games at Rupp Arena.
UK is a perfect 38-0 under Coach John Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
UK owns a 464-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
UK is 55-1 under Calipari when holding an opponent to 67 points or fewer.
UK owns a 156-24 all-time mark as the top-ranked team (AP) in the country, including a 64-2 mark at home.
Coach Calipari is 44-6 as the top-ranked coach in the country.
Darius Miller hit the first 3-pointer of the game for UK to extend the Wildcats' made 3-point streak to 795 consecutive games. That streak is the third-longest in the nation.
Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 191-19 record at home.
Tonight’s attendance was 24,398, the eighth-highest in Rupp Arena history.
Four or more players scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season.
UK forced UNC into 13 turnovers while committing only nine. It tied for the second-lowest turnover total of the season.
Despite shooting just 36.8 percent in the first half, the Wildcats came out blistering the nets in the second half at a 56 percent clip. UK ended the game out-shooting UNC, 44.4 percent to 41.7 percent.
The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 38-36 and outscored UNC 36-14 in points in the paint.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the team in scoring and rebounding with his first career double-double. He charted career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11).