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Balanced scoring effort leads Kentucky over Missouri 83-56

James Crisp/AP
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Kentucky's Keion Brooks Jr. (12) shoots over Missouri's Ronnie DeGray III (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Four players scored in double figures as No. 18 Kentucky downed Missouri 83-56 on Wednesday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at Rupp Arena.

Keion Brooks Jr. scored 17 points, TyTy Washington Jr added 14 and No. 18 Kentucky overcame an uneven second half to roll past Missouri 83-56 on Wednesday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.

The Wildcats trailed just once early on against a Tigers squad playing without head coach Cuonzo Martin, who missed the contest with COVID. But Kentucky had to overcome 38% percent shooting in the second half and some ragged stretches to pull away from Missouri.

Amari Davis and Dajuan Gordon had 10 points each for Missouri, which dropped its fourth in six games.

The Wildcats host Tubby Smith's High Point Panthers on Friday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.