Knight got the first basket on a jump shot at 19:09 and the Wildcats never trailed.
Jones followed with a three-pointer, extending Kentucky’s streak of 760 games with at least one made three-point shot.
Knight left the game at 15:50 with a knee injury and went to the locker room. He returned to the bench during UK’s timeout at the 13:12 mark and re-entered the game at 11:47.
Kentucky came out blue-hot! When Doron Lamb swished his fourth-straight three-pointer (already a career high for threes in a game) at the 12:13 mark, the Wildcats led 29-11. At that point, the Wildcats had made 11 of 13 field goals, including 7 of 8 from three-point range.
However, Winthrop hasn’t won the Big South Conference five of the last six years for no reason. The Eagles rallied late in the half with a 9-0 run, reducing the deficit to 41-32.
The Wildcats responded with their own 10-0 run and when Lamb sliced the lane for a layup at the buzzer, UK led 51-32 at intermission.
51 points is the most Kentucky has scored in the first half this season.
UK made 10 of 14 three-pointers, the most threes the Cats made in the first half since also making 10 in the season opener.
UK committed only three fouls in the first half.
Lamb and Knight each tallied 17 points in the first half.
Lamb’s ending layup marked the second-straight game that UK scored at the first-half buzzer.
Brandon Knight got the first basket of the second half, extending UK’s run to 12-0.
Doron Lamb’s only missed shot of the game came with 13 minutes left. At that point he had made all seven field-goal attempts (including five threes) and both foul shots.
Over the final five minutes of the game, Kentucky closed the contest with a 9-0 run for an 89-52 victory.
It was a fine offensive game for Kentucky as the Wildcats shot 52.4 percent from the field, 54.5 percent on three-pointers and 84.6 percent at the foul line.
It was the fourth game this season shooting at least 50 percent.
It was the third game this season making at least half of its three-point attempts.
It was the seventh-straight game hitting at least 70 percent at the charity stripe.
Kentucky limited Winthrop to 31.9 percent from the field. UK is 7-0 this season when holding the opponent under 40 percent from the field.