Sparks leads Wildcats past Mountaineers
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Patrick Sparks poured in 25 points, and
seventh-ranked Kentucky used 20 unanswered points in the first half and solid
shooting to beat No. 13 West Virginia, 80-66, in the consolation game of the
Rajon Rondo added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Ravi Moss tallied 11 points
for the Wildcats (3-1), who shot 54.5 percent from the field, and connected on
12-of-26 three-point attempts.
Sparks was 8-of-13 from the floor, including 7-of-11 from behind the arc, as
the Wildcats rode a huge run to rebound from a 67-63 loss to No. 18 Iowa on
Kevin Pittsnogle had 27 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Mountaineers (2-2),
who lost to No. 2 Texas, 76-75, Monday night. Mike Gansey scored 12 points for
West Virginia, which went 10-of-37 from three-point range.
The Wildcats trailed 9-2 early on, but then scored 20 consecutive points.
Sparks drilled three shots from beyond the arc during the spurt, including one
from the right side with just over nine minutes left in the half to cap the
Kentucky would lead 33-26 at the break before the Mountaineers made a game of
it and closed within three points following long distance shots from Patrick
Beilein and Pittsnogle to make it 56-53 with nearly 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
However, Kentucky scored 12 of the next 17 points to pull away for good.
Kentucky leads the all-time series, 12-4…Pittsnogle ended 10-of-16 from the
floor, including 5-of-9 from three-point land…Beilein shot all three-
pointers, going 2-of-10.