Originally created 12/12/04

Wildcats thump Hoosiers



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Patrick Sparks scored 16 points and No. 10 Kentucky dominated Indiana inside for a 73-58 win over the Hoosiers on Saturday.

Chuck Hayes added 14 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (6-1), which has won five straight games and 12 of the past 14 in its annual series against Indiana (2-4).

The Hoosiers have lost four straight games, the third time in as many seasons they've had a losing streak of at least four games. The current streak has come against heavyweights: North Carolina, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Kentucky.

Indiana entered the game shooting 34.8 percent for the season - and wasn't much better against the Wildcats, shooting 38 percent. Junior guard Bracey Wright, the Hoosiers' leading scorer, kept them in the game with seven 3-pointers and 31 points.

Indiana trailed by nine points at halftime. The Hoosiers' first four baskets of the second half were 3-pointers - three of them by Wright - as Indiana pulled within 42-37 with 11:40 left.

Sparked by Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky scored the next 11 points. Azubuike hit a 3-pointer to start the run, then capped it with a driving lay-in, a steal and an assist to Rajon Rondo, whose dunk put the Wildcats ahead 53-37 with 9:16 left.

Indiana came no closer than 13 points after that.

Kentucky continually took the ball inside, and it showed - the Wildcats shot 49 percent from the field and outscored the Hoosiers 38-10 in the paint.

Center Randolph Morris scored 11 points for Kentucky, and his backup, 7-foot-3 Shagari Alleyne, had 10 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots.

IN GAINESVILLE, FLA., TAQUAN DEAN SCORED 22 POINTS, FRANCISCO GARCIA ADDED 19 AND Louisville withstood a late rally to beat Florida.

Rick Pitino improved to 20-1 against former assistant coaches and players and extended his record to 6-0 against Billy Donovan.

Dean and Garcia helped stake the Cardinals (5-1) to a 12-point lead in the second half, but the Gators came back and had several chances to move ahead late.

Florida (5-2), however, made poor shot selections and committed an intentional foul down the stretch that cost it a chance to win the game.

Freshman Taurean Green missed a running one-hander in the lane than bounced hard off the backboard. Forward David Lee, a senior who entered the game 0-2 from 3-point range, shot an airball from beyond the arc with 35 seconds to play and the Gators down just three. He also missed another 3-pointer earlier in the second half.

But Adrian Moss may have had made the biggest mistake. He turned the ball over with a bad pass, then intentionally fouled Brandon Jenkins on the other end with a minute to play.

In Memphis, Tenn., Tommie Eddie scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Mississippi outshot and outhustled Memphis.

Ole Miss (3-4) had five players in double figures and shot 53 percent for the game, snapping a two-game losing streak.

It was a difference in intensity - the Rebels scrapped throughout, pushing on defense, passing the ball around the perimeter, running a patient offense. Memphis, meanwhile, appeared to be going through the motions, and it cost the Tigers their second straight loss and four of their last six. The loss snapped a 24-game home winning streak for Memphis (5-4).

Londrick Nolen added 12 for the Rebels, while Kendrick Fox, Cavadas Nunnery and Brandon Patterson scored 10 each for Ole Miss.

Darius Washington led Memphis with 20 points, but committed half of the Tigers' 16 turnovers, a testament to the Ole Miss defense and Memphis' inability to control the ball.