Posted: Dec 8, 2012 12:57 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Dec 9, 2012 4:46 AM
Portland is looking for their first road win of the year.
After the Pilots best player, Ryan Nicholas ties the game at 10, UK takes over. It's a 16-zip run that begins with a 3 from Alex Poythress. Ryan Harrow who came in off the bench quickly because Cal was upset with Archie Goodwin, makes a nice pass to Kyle Wiltjer who makes it 17-10 UK.
During a timeout, with UK up 24-10, the 1996 NCAA Champs received a very nice welcome when they came on the court.
Ryan Harrow with a floater from the baseline to make it 26-10 UK.
Archie Goodwin loves to take the ball to the bucket. After Willie Cauley-Stein's block, Goodwin goes coast to coast to make it 30-14 UK.
With UK up 31-17 Cal screams at Ryan Harrow, "run the team."
UK's size was an obvious factor. In the final 7 seconds of the first half, both Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein had blocks.
Alex Poythress leads everyone with 11 points.
UK is shooting 44% and leads 35-20 at the half. Portland has hit only 25% from the field.
Portland cuts the lead to 39-29 and the Cats get the wake up call. A 9-0 run that was highlighted by Alex Poythress jam to make it 48-29 which ended Portland's hope.
The bright spot was Ryan Harrow. His confidence is obviously coming back. First it's a baseline shot to make it 57-39. He follows that with a three pointer to make it 60---39. Then Harrow with a nice pass to Cauley-Stein for a dunk to make it 66-44.
Harrow was shooting 16% for the season. He was 3 for 8 which doubled his field goals for the season. He finished with 8 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. His 25 minutes was the most ever for Harrow as a Cat.
Archie Goodwin had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Alex Poythress tied Archie for a team high 15.
Nerlens Noel had 7 points, 7 blocks and 9 rebounds.
Cats win 74-46.