Kentucky beats Eastern Michigan for 500th win at Rupp Arena

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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.

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison drives to the basket as Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (right) defends during the first half. Harrison scored eight points in the Wildcats' victory.  JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kentucky's Andrew Harrison drives to the basket as Eastern Michigan's Karrington Ward (right) defends during the first half. Harrison scored eight points in the Wildcats' victory.

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.

WOMEN

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.


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