Perry helps No. 7 Kentucky douse Flames
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Bobby Perry scored a career-high 22 points
and Rajon Rondo added 13 points, seven rebounds and nine assists as the
seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Liberty Flames, 81-51, at Rupp
Patrick Sparks pitched in nine points and four assists and Rekalin Sims
grabbed seven boards for Kentucky (4-1), which won its 10th consecutive home
Larry Blair scored a game-high 26 points and Damien Hubbard added 13 points
and five rebounds for the Flames (1-2), who lost for the second time in three
games. Rell Porter pulled down nine rebounds for the Flames.
Up by just nine at halftime, Kentucky exploded for a 17-4 run to begin the
second half as the Wildcats opened a 53-31 lead with just over five minutes
gone in the frame.
Later, a layup and three-pointer by Sheray Thomas followed by two Rondo free-
throws capped a 12-2 run and gave the Wildcats a 65-35 cushion with 8:27 left
in the game.
After a Shagari Alleyne rebound and put-back dunk with 4:27 left in the game,
Kentucky had its largest lead of the contest at 74-40. Back-to-back three-
pointers from Blair cut the Wildcats’ lead to 75-49 with 1:50 remaining, but
Adam Williams’ dunk with 26 seconds left provided the final margin of victory.
Liberty weathered an early Kentucky spurt to pull back within one at 11-10
with 13:10 left in the opening half. But the Wildcats responded with an 8-2
run capped by a Brandon Stockton three-pointer to open a 19-12 advantage.
A Perry dunk with 8:34 left in the first half helped Kentucky extend its lead
to 24-14, but a Blair jumper less than three minutes later pulled the Flames
within four at 26-22.
Kentucky outscored Liberty 10-5 over the rest of the way to hold a 36-27
halftime advantage. Ramel Bradley’s jumper with 1:22 remaining gave the
Wildcats their biggest first-half lead at 36-25, but two Blair free-throws cut
the margin to nine before the break.
The Wildcats have been ranked in the top 10 for 38 straight polls, the longest
current streak in the nation…Kentucky has held 70 of its last 71 opponents,
including 28 straight, below 50 percent shooting. South Carolina (54 percent
on January 5, 2005) is the lone foe to make half of its shots in that
time. The Wildcats held Liberty to 32.2 percent shooting from the floor…This
was the first meeting between Kentucky and Liberty…The Wildcats are 6-0 all-
time against teams from the Big South…Kentucky’s bench outscored Liberty’s