I’m at Rupp Arena for today’s Kentucky-Marshall basketball game. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game is being telecast by ESPN2. You can follow my twitter updates at @johnclayiv.
Final: Kentucky 82, Marshall 54 Harrow leads way with 23. Goodwin scores 14. Noel had double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. UK made just three of 17 three-pointers.
Goodwin has 18 points. Not sure how, exactly. The freshman has made just four of 17 shots. Kentucky leads Marshall 76-47 with 3:23 remaining here at Rupp. Harrow leads the way with 19 points.
Kentucky up 64-45 with 6:56 left. Marshall is finally over 30 percent shooting for the game as Dennis Tinnon went on a streak of eight straight points for the Herd. Just before the TV timeout, Noel scored for the Cats, UK’s first basket since the 10:07 mark.
Cats breaking it open. Kentucky now up 55-36 wtih 11:39 left as the home team has put together a 20-4 run since Marshall closed to within 35-32 at the 18:08 mark. Again, another scoring drought for the Thundering Herd. Marshall has just one field goal since then. Mays and Goodwin had back-to-back three-point plays the old-fashioned way for UK. Then Poythress just tipped in a miss — batted it in, actually — to extend the lead to 19 points. This came right after Calipari had chewed out Poythress for a defensive lapse.
Kentucky responds. After Marshall cut the lead to 33-31, Kentucky has gone on an 8-1 run. Cats up 41-32. Harrow scored back-to-back buckets. Alex Poythress hit a pair of free throws. He played just eight minutes in the first half, scoring just two points. So with the free throws he now has four for the game. Kentucky has missed its only three-point attempt this half and is now 1-of-14 for the game.
Another flat start to second half for the Cats. Marshall scores five quick points in 40 seconds and Calipari calls time. UK’s lead has been cut to 33-29 at the 19:20 mark. Interesting note from first half, when Elijah Pittman was hit where it hurts with 11:03 mark, the game was tied 20-20. From that point on, though Pittman did return, UK outscored Marshall 13-4.
Over his last two-and-a-half games, Mays has made six of 26 shots and one of 12 three-pointers.
Kentucky leads 33-24 at the half. The Cats are up despite making just one of 13 three-point attempts. Mays is 0-of-4. Wiltjer is 0-of-3. Harrow is 1-of-4. Goodwin is 0-of-2 from three. Marshall shot just 27.6 percent the first half. The Herd scored four points the final 11:42 of the half. Kentucky shot 35.1 percent.
Kentucky on a 13-2 run. The Cats have opened up a 31-22 lead with 3:43 left in first half. Marshall has scored two points in the last eight minutes exactly. UK has made just one of 10 three-point attempts, but the Cats are 12-of-22 from inside the stripe. Noel has eight points and continues to impress with his hustle. After a slow start, Goodwin has picked it up in the last few minutes.
Harrow is the hero, so far. The point guard has 11 points and Kentucky’s only made three as the Cats hold a 23-20 lead at the 7:52 mark of the first half. UK is 1-of-8 from three-point range. Marshall has made just six of 18 shots for 33.3 percent or the Herd would be in front. Marshall did lead 20-18 before Kentucky scored five straight points. Calipari put Alex Poythress back in with two fouls.
UK can’t buy a three-pointer. The Cats are 0-for-6 from beyond the line and we’re tied 20-20 at the 11:03 mark. Marshall has earned some run-out baskets as the Cats have been late to get back, much to John Calipari’s chagrin. The Marshall 2-3 zone is giving UK problems. Mays is 0-for-3 on threes so far.
Ryan Harrow off to a good start. The sophomore guard has hit three of his first four shots as Kentucky leads Marshall 12-10 with 14:53 left in first half. Julius Mays’ shooting slump continues. Mays was one-of-eight last Saturday againts Lipscomb. Mays has missed his first two shots today. Marshall opened in a 2-3 zone trying to force UK to shoot from the outside. Elijah Pittman has five points for the Herd.
Starters Kentucky is starting Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress and Julius Mays. That means Kyle Wiltjer, who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds last Saturday off the bench, will again be coming off the bench.
Officials Mike Nance, Patrick Evans and Chuck Jones are the officials for today’s game.
Cousins suspended Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins has been indefinitely suspended by the Sacramento Kings. Cousins got into it verbally with Kings’ coach Keith Smart during halftime of the Kings’ game last night with the Los Angeles Clippers. The third-year center was benched for the entire second half.