Davis triples fun for Wildcats
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:01 pm
By COLIN FLY
AP Sports Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Anthony Davis had no idea just how close he was to a triple-double. It was just a dominating night for the Kentucky freshman.
Davis scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had eight of a school-record 18 blocks in the top-ranked Wildcats’ 81-59 victory over St. John’s on Thursday night.
“He changed everything about the game,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He blocked shots, he scored baskets, he rebounded tough rebounds, he came up with balls.”
Terrence Jones added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (7-0), who head into a highly anticipated showdown with No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday on a high note after a stalwart defensive performance.
“We did our job on defense. They were kind of rattled,” Davis said. “When we lock down defensively, we’re a great defensive team. If we keep playing defense like we are right now, we’ll be fine.”
Davis blocked four shots before the first timeout, and Kentucky set the team record with Eloy Vargas’ swat with 2:42 to go. Davis finished one block short of tying the individual mark of nine set by Sam Bowie in 1981 and matched by Andre Riddick in 1993.
“It’s like shooting over a tower,” St. John’s guard Nurideen Lindsey said. “He was blocking shots all over the place. It was tough.”
God’sgift Achiuwa scored 18 points and Moe Harkless added 16 for the Red Storm (4-4) in St. John’s first appearance in Rupp Arena since the 1985 Final Four when it lost to then-No. 1 Georgetown.
This game was much different than the last time the Wildcats took over the No. 1 spot in coach John Calipari’s first year when they lost at South Carolina on Jan. 26, 2010.
Davis blocked his sixth shot early in the second half then finished an alley-oop on the other end from Marquis Teague that gave Kentucky a 42-27 lead.
Published in The Messsenger 12.2.11