Wildcats top RedHawks in opener
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Joe Crawford scored 18 points and pulled down
six boards to lead the 22nd-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to a season-opening 57-46
win over the Miami-Ohio RedHawks at Rupp Arena.
Randolph Morris had 12 points and 10 boards and Ramel Bradley added 12 points
and five assists for the Wildcats (1-0), who finished last season with a 22-13
record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Nathan Peavy had 17 points and six boards and Michael Bramos added 11 points
for the RedHawks (0-2), who opened their season on Saturday with a
heartbreaking 57-56 loss to Wright State on a last-second shot.
The RedHawks had control of the game early as they used an 8-0 run and had a
16-6 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the first half after Monty St.
Clair drained a three-pointer.
Morris stopped the bleeding for Kentucky, as his layup was the first basket
for Kentucky in over six minutes.
Miami-Ohio continued to control the game throughout much of the first half and
had a 24-15 lead after Tim Pollitz’s layup with a little over three minutes
Kentucky’s offense, though, finally woke up and closed out the half on a 16-3
run with Crawford scoring the final four points to take a 31-27 lead into the
The Wildcats scored the first six points of the second half and had a 37-27
lead a little less than three minutes in on Morris’ layup.
Crawford’s free throw completed a three-point play to give Kentucky a 43-36
lead a bit over eight minutes in.
Peavy made four consecutive free throws, with the last two coming with under
five minutes to play, to get the RedHawks to within 47-46.
However, Bradley countered with a layup and two free throws and a two-point
jumper by Morris gave Kentucky a 53-46 lead with under three minutes to play
and the defense kept Miami-Ohio from scoring the remainder of the game.
Miami-Ohio failed to get a basket from the floor for almost the last ten
minutes of the game.
Kentucky owns a commanding 21-4 lead in the all-time series with Miami- Ohio.
The last time these teams met was in 1999…St. Clair finished with five
points and five boards…Kentucky shot 42.6 percent from the floor while the
RedHawks connected on just 31.3 percent of their shots.