Lexington, KY – Sports View America – UK Wildcat Contributing Columnist – Ricky Blair – 11-28-18
Kentucky finally got the blow out fans had been longing for in this 46 point victory over the winless Hawks of Monmouth University 90-44. The Wildcats defense was greatly improved as they held Monmouth to 28 percent shooting from the field and 2 of 16 shooting from beyond the three point line. It was by far the best defense effort of the season.
The Cats offense was also clicking on all cylinders as they shot 56 percent from the field during the game, including a blister 64 percent in the second half. The Wildcats had four players reach double figures in scoring for the game, paced by Tyler Herro’s 16 points followed closely by Keldon Johnson’s 15, Quade Green’s 14 and Reid Travis’ 13. Herro also tied PJ Washington for a team leading 8 rebounds.
Although it was the best effort of the season for the Wildcats they didn’t start the first 10 minutes as crisp as you might have expected.
The game began with Reid Travis back in the starting lineup and it didn’t take him long to get in the score books as he made two free-throws to start the scoring for UK as the Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead. With the score tied at 6-6, the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run as UK’s freshman guard Tyler Herro burst out with some hot shooting as he made two three-pointers and a fast break basket to score eight early points. Monmouth’s coach King Rice had seen enough and he called time out at the 13:53 mark of the first half as the Cats took a 17-6 advantage. Next it was Quade Green who got hot from behind the three-point line as he made back to back threes, which were two of his team high four for the game. But just when you thought the Wildcats might blow this game out early the Hawks made a run to cut the lead down to four at 22-18.
Finally the Wildcats did make that devastating run as they ended the first half on a 22-4 run to take a 44-22 halftime lead. Herro had an excellent first twenty minutes as he led the team in scoring with 12 points and rebounds with 4 in the first 20 minutes.
The win improves the Wildcats record to 6-1 on the season. The Cats will be back in action when they take on UNC-Greensboro at 1:00PM in Rupp Arena on Saturday, December 1st.