No. 18 Indiana throttles 15th-ranked Kentucky
=== No. 18 Indiana throttles 15th-ranked Kentucky ===
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Forward Marco Killingsworth had a game-
high 23 points to lead the 18th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers to a 79-53 win over
the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats at the RCA Dome.
The 6-foot-8 Killingsworth also dominated the boards with 11 rebounds while
A.J. Ratliff added 21 points for the Hoosiers (5-2), who rebounded from a
shocking loss to Indiana State on Tuesday.
Guard Rajon Rondo was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats (6-3) with a
game-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Ramel Bradley added eight points for
Kentucky, which lost for the second time in three games.
Facing a 16-point deficit entering the second half, Kentucky just couldn’t
muster the type of offense needed to get back in the game and never seriously
threatened Mike Davis’ team.
The Wildcats finished the afternoon shooting a woeful 31.1 percent, including
a miserable 2-of-27 from three-point range.
No Kentucky player reached double figures in scoring until Rondo sank the
second of two free throws with 4:57 remaining in the game.
Indiana dominated the first half en route to a 35-19 lead. The Hoosiers were
torrid from the field, shooting 54.5 percent and used beautiful transition
basketball to control the game.
Kentucky turned the ball over 10 times in the half leading to 14 points for
Killingsworth set the tone with 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the opening
Patrick Sparks canned two foul shots with 17:20 remaining in the first half to
boost the Wildcats to a 6-4 edge, but the Hoosiers went ahead for good by
scoring the next seven points. Killingsworth capped the spurt with a free
throw with 14:35 remaining.
Nine straight points by the Hoosiers later in the half boosted them to a 25-12
cushion. Ben Allen started the push with a three-pointer, Earl Calloway added
another shot from beyond the arc, and Killingsworth culminated the run with a
layup with 8:03 to go.
A 12-2 run in the second half catapulted the Hoosiers to a 49-27 advantage
with 8:19 remaining following a Ratliff three-pointer, and Kentucky couldn’t
get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Rondo returned for Kentucky after missing its last game with strep
throat…Indiana shot 53.3 percent for the game…UK had held 73 of its last
74 opponents, including 31 straight, under 50 percent shooting…..Kentucky
now leads the all-time series, 27-22…Indiana is back in action December 19
at Charlotte, while Kentucky hosts Louisville next Saturday…Robert Vaden had
11 points for Indiana, while teammate Marshall Strickland scored 10.