LEXINGTON, KY (WDRB) -- A quick look at the University of Kentucky's 74-46 win over Portland in Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon, a win that boosted UK to 6-3. Portland fell to 3-6.
PLAYER OF THE GAME -- His scoring numbers weren't the best, but playing with a deep thigh bruise Nerlens Noel set the kind of "toughness tone" that John Calipari has been preaching in practice. He finished with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocked shots (the most blocks for a Wildcat this season) -- not bad for a guy who limped his way through 32 minutes.
STAT OF THE GAME -- Blocked shots keyed the decisive first-half run for UK, after the teams played close for the first eight minutes. UK finished the game with 12 blocked shots -- a season high -- that keyed a defense which held Portland to 27.1 percent from the field. Portland managed only 16 points in the paint. UK scored 42.
CHESS MOVE -- Calipari continues to ease Ryan Harrow into the point guard spot, and sophomore showed signs of settling in as Saturday's game progressed. He scored five straight points off a baseline jumper and catch-and-shoot three that gave UK a 21-point lead and brought the crowd to its feet in the second half. Harrow finished with 8 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
FIRST-HALF FLURRY -- The Wildcats shook off a sleepy start with a 16-0 run to take the game in hand early, holding Portland scoreless for a 5 1/2-minute stretch to do it. UK is 6-0 when leading at halftime this season and 0-3 when trailing at the half. Portland got within 10 to open the second half, but a quick 9-0 run put UK in control for good. UK finished the game with a 10-2 run that briefly pushed its margin to 30.
ATTENDANCE -- 22,285.
SCORING -- Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress had 15 points each to lead UK. Julius Mays had 13 and Kyle Wiltjer 12 (on 5 of 8 shooting).
QUOTE -- "We took the same number of shots that they did . . . a lot of our just didn't get to the rim." -- Portland coach Eric Reveno
NEXT UP -- The Wildcats will face Lipscomb on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena.
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