Oscar Tshiebwe had a career-high 24 points with 16 rebounds, TyTy Washington scored 16 points and No. 13 Kentucky shot well for the second consecutive game to run away from Mount St. Mary’s 80-55. Sahvir Wheeler added 12 points and eight assists as the Wildcats made 34 of 64 from the field for 53% a few days after hitting 57% in a 100-60 rout of Robert Morris. Josh Reaves and Jalen Benjamin scored 11 points each for Mount St. Mary’s, which shot 34% and lost its second consecutive game.
From UK Athletics:
Leading 38-27 at halftime, Kentucky broke the game open with a 23-5 run over 6:40 for a 61-32 cushion that grew to 31 with 7:24 remaining.
Tshiebwe helped set the tone with contributions on both ends on the way to his third double-double to start the season. The West Virginia transfer continued his strong rebounding, and he also made short and mid-range jumpers to finish 11 of 14 from the field and top his previous best of 21 points against Boston University on Nov. 22, 2019.
Washington shot 7 of 12 with a couple of 3-pointers. Keion Brooks Jr. contributed 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Wildcats win the boards 41-27 and dominate the paint 46-16.
THE BIG PICTURE
Kentucky: The Wildcats followed almost the same pattern as against Robert Morris, sorting things out before erupting. Tshiebwe showed a lot of confidence in his jumper and proved he can also score away from the basket.
Kentucky hosts Ohio on Friday night.