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UK’s Jones gets angry, even

UK’s Jones gets angry, even

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:00 pm

AP Sports Writer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Something clicked inside Terrence Jones when he saw teammate Anthony Davis lying on his back in pain after a hard collision under the LSU basket.
“When stuff like that happens to one of your brothers, you don’t like that,” Jones said. “The only way we could redeem that is by continuing to play hard, just show it through the score.”
Jones did precisely that, highlighting a season-high 27-point performance with a 13-0 run on his own, and No. 1 Kentucky pulled away in the second half for a 74-50 win over struggling LSU on Saturday.
Jones also grabbed nine rebounds, and his dominance became a talking point for Kentucky coach John Calipari, who said he hopes his 6-foot-8, 244-pound sophomore power forward will assert himself more during the remainder of the season.
“My point to him is … if this is who you are, then you should be this every game,” Calipari said. “That’s what we’ve all been waiting on and he makes us different.”
Davis finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds despite briefly leaving the game when he hurt his right shoulder in a scramble for a loose ball. Darius Miller added 13 points, including three 3-pointers for Kentucky (21-1 7-0 Southeastern), which has won 13 straight.
Johnny O’Bryant III had 12 points and nine rebounds for LSU (12-9, 2-5), which has lost five of six.
Storm Warren added 11 points for the Tigers, including an alley-oop dunk that briefly got them within 25-24 late in the first half before the Wildcats steadily pulled away for good and turned the second half into a blowout.
“We were looking forward to (playing Kentucky) and were hoping it would be a lot closer game,” Warren said. “For it to turn out this way, it is pretty devastating for us.”
The Wildcats outrebounded the Tigers 39-29, and outshot LSU 47 percent (26 of 55) to 40 percent (21 of 53). Kentucky was 7 of 15 from 3-point range, while LSU was 1 of 9.
“They beat us every which way,” LSU coach Trent Johnson said. “That is a pretty good basketball team. … The only thing that is disturbing to me is — forget the score — during the course of the second half, we just stopped fighting and competing. That is the first time this season that I have seen that from this group.”
Jones came in averaging 11.6 points this season and had not been as consistently productive as Kentucky had hoped since he missed two games with a dislocated left pinky in late December. In his previous outing at Georgia, he scored five points.
Against LSU, he said he sought “to play with the mentality I was playing with before I got hurt and just to be more aggressive.”
Published in The Messenger 1.30.12


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