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Harrellson Leads UK over Cardinals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Brandon Knight scored 25 points and Josh

Harrellson added a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds as No. 11

Kentucky defeated No. 22 Louisville 78-63 on Friday.

The Wildcats (11-2) used their size to improve to 2-0 against

their rivals since John Calipari became head coach. Kentucky

dominated the smaller Cardinals (11-2) in the lane behind the

stellar play of Harrellson, who took advantage while Louisville

focused on Terrence Jones.

Harrellson and the Wildcats controlled the glass, particularly

on the offensive end.

Preston Knowles led the Cardinals with 22 points and Chris Smith

had 15 points and six rebounds. Louisville went through a long dry

spell spanning the first and second halves, allowing the Wildcats

to build an 18-point lead they would not relinquish.

A rare 3-pointer by Harrellson gave Kentucky a 44-26 lead early

in the second half before the Cardinals finally sprang to life.

Louisville hit nine straight shots while slicing the lead to

59-49, but the Cardinals couldn't get any stops.

Whenever Kentucky appeared to be in even a hint of trouble, the

ball would end up in the hands of Knight. The freshman star lacks

predecessor John Wall's athleticism, but is a stellar floor

general.

He ran Kentucky's dribble-drive with precision, pulling up for a

3-pointer (finishing 4 of 6) when the defense sagged off him or

dishing it to a teammate after slicing through the lane.

Often the ball would make its way into the hands of Harrellson.

The senior, a leftover from the Billy Gillispie-era, has blossomed

this winter under Calipari.

While the Cardinals threw two or three bodies trying to limit

Jones - who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds - it left

Harrellson open. He dunked several times, hit an open jumper or two

and was never rattled.

Heady territory for a player who had his Twitter privileges

suspended by Calipari before the season began for venting

frustration at the coach's alleged inability to offer him praise.

Calipari punished Harrellson by ordering an additional 30

minutes of conditioning before practice. It helped get the affable

6-foot-10 Harrellson into the best shape of his life. He's provided

the Wildcats with the inside presence they've needed while heralded

freshman center Enes Kanter waits to see if he'll be ruled eligible

by the NCAA.

Kentucky shot 51 percent from the floor, turned it over just 13

times and never lost its poise during the series' first game inside

Louisville's sparkling new downtown arena.

The Cardinals never got closer than nine points in the second

half, with Jones effectively sealing it with a lay-up in traffic

that gave Kentucky a 69-52 lead.

Both sides pledged a more genteel approach this time after last

year's ugly 71-62 Kentucky win, a game featuring 51 fouls, five

technicals and a couple of wrestling matches.

Things weren't nearly as chippy this time. There were no

technicals and only one instance where referees stepped in between

players. That doesn't mean it wasn't intense, at least early. Both

teams played erratically in spots and out of control in others.

Yet there was little doubt once things settled about who was in

control. Kentucky's size and talent rendered Louisville's smaller

lineup ineffective.

Kentucky forward DeAndre Liggins swarmed the point guard, making

it difficult for the Cardinal to get into any kind of offensive

flow. If Louisville couldn't get a 3-pointer or a pick-and-roll, it

stalled.

The Cardinals led by six early and Kentucky appeared to be in

trouble when sixth man Doron Lamb went to the bench with two fouls

in the first half. Instead, the Wildcats picked up the pace.

Kentucky outscored Louisville 29-12 over the final 14:10 of the

half to take a 35-24 lead into the break. The Wildcats were on

their way to their sixth straight win.

 

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