LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 22 points, Willie Cauley-Stein added 15, and third-ranked Kentucky earned its 500th Rupp Arena win by beating Eastern Michigan 81-63 on Wednesday.
Two days after escaping Cleveland State with a late rally, the Wildcats (6-1) were more methodical in improving to 500-62 lifetime in the 37-year-old home named for legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Leading just 35-32 at halftime, Kentucky steadily built it to double digits with 12:52 left and led by as many as 18 with three minutes remaining.
Kentucky controlled the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 52-33, including 19 offensive, and scoring 23 second-chance points.
Julius Randle helped with all 14 points and nine of his 10 rebounds coming after halftime in posting his seventh double-double. Cauley-Stein had eight rebounds.
NO. 11 GONZAGA 91, ARKANSAS 81
In Lahaina, Hawaii, Kevin Pangos scored 34 points to lead Gonzaga (6-1) past Arkansas (4-2) in the Maui Invitational.
Bobby Portis led the Razorbacks with 18 points. Alandise Harris had 17.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 58, JACKSON STATE 56
In Starkville, Miss., Craig Sword scored a team-high 12 points and Mississippi State (4-1) survived a scare from Jackson State (2-5).
Jackson State had a shot to win the game at the final buzzer but Julysses Nobles’ 3-point attempt fell short.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 76, PRESBYTERIAN 66
In Cancun, Mexico, Jelani Hewitt scored a game-high 26 points and Tre Bussey added 21 as Georgia Southern (3-4) beat Presbyterian (1-7) in the Riviera bracket consolation round of the Cancun Challenge.
NO. 7 KENTUCKY 117, BRADLEY 77
In Lexington, Ky., Samarie Walker’s season-high 22 points and 14 rebounds led Kentucky (7-0) to a rout of Bradley (2-4) and their 42nd consecutive nonconference home victory at Memorial Coliseum.