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‘Lamb’ offering not little for UK

‘Lamb’ offering not little for UK

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:47 pm
By: By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Doron Lamb set a school record for most points in a game by a freshman, pouring in 32 as the 13th-ranked Wildcats rolled by Winthrop 89-52 on Wednesday.
Lamb broke the record of 31 set by Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 3, 1991, against Georgia on a nifty layup that put the Wildcats up 28 with 6:38 remaining. He walked off to a standing ovation moments later after making 11-of-12 field goals, including 7-of-8 3-pointers.
Brandon Knight shook off a left knee contusion to finish with 21 points and five rebounds as the Wildcats (9-2) breezed into the Christmas break with ease.
Matt Morgan led Winthrop (5-7) with 18 points, but the Eagles had now answer for Lamb and Knight as Kentucky shot 52 percent to remain undefeated at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.
A game after being ejected for the second time in his coaching career, Calipari kept his cool against the Eagles. Then again, there wasn’t much to complain about.
Other than another sloppy performance by freshman forward Terrence Jones — 11 points and six rebounds on 5-of-16 shooting — Kentucky played crisply. The Wildcats made 12-of-22 3-pointers and only turned it over 11 times.
Lamb has blossomed in the role of sixth-man, a move designed to give Kentucky’s thin second unit an offensive spark. The way he’s playing, however, it may be difficult to keep him out of the starting lineup.
He can score in a variety of ways, though he didn’t have to against the Eagles. He spent much of the afternoon standing wide open behind the 3-point line and was only too happy to knock them down.
He made his first five and, when Winthrop stepped out to guard him, blew by his defender for a layup.
The rest of the Wildcats were nearly as hot.
It took Kentucky less than five minutes to build a double-digit lead and had little trouble the rest of the way.
Knight gave Calipari a major scare early in the first half when he collapsed to the ground in pain clutching his left knee after colliding with Jones.
The freshman waved off Calipari when he walked over to see what was going on, and he gingerly pulled himself up off the floor before hobbling to the locker room.
Lamb entered in his place, and the Wildcats took off. He knocked down four 3-pointers in less than 4 minutes as Kentucky took a 29-11 lead. Knight, who received an ovation when he returned to the sidelines with only a contusion, led the cheers after Lamb’s last 3.
He re-entered the game moments later and looked just fine, drawing a foul while slicing through the lane shortly after checking back in. He made both free throws.
The Wildcats eventually cooled off and Winthrop briefly got back in it, thanks to a 9-0 burst that brought the Eagles within 41-32.
No biggie. Lamb replaced Jones after a timeout and Kentucky scored the last 10 points of the half, the final two on a nifty lay-in by Lamb just before the buzzer that put the Wildcats up 51-32 at the break and the rout was on.

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