News and notes from UK’s win over Robert Morris

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News and notes from UK’s win over Robert Morris:

* Kentucky starting five freshmen for the first time in school history. Marcus Lee started, but mainly to get the opening tip. He came out for Willie Cauley-Stein just 51 seconds into the game.

* Robert Morris did not make its first field goal until the 11:34 mark of the first half.

* Aaron Harrison made three quick three-pointers — 18:41, then 16:44 and 13:40 — to help UK race to a 17-2 lead.

* Dominique Hawkins came off the bench early for Andrew Harrison and ended up playing a career-high 18 minutes on the night.

* Julius Randle was triple-teamed at one point and hit James Young for an open three-pointer. Randle did not score his first points until the 8:07 mark of the first half.

* Kentucky made four of its first nine three-point attempts after going 4-of-20 from three vs. Michigan State.

* Kentucky was up 32-15 with 3:21 to go in the first half despite shooting 38 percent and  committing nine turnovers.

* Andrew Harrison hit 80-footer just before buzzer but was called for walking just before heave by Pat Adams. That was with two seconds left and RMU’s Karvel Anderson then hit a three at the halftime horn.

* Kentucky led 44-20 at the half. UK shot 43.3 percent the first half. Robert Morris shot 20 percent.

* Aaron Harrison scored 19 points in the first half. Robert Morris scored 20 points in the first half

* Kentucky was 14-of-16 at foul line for 88 percent in first half. The Cats regressed to 10-of-18 at the line for 55.6 percent in the second half. The Cats missed eight of their first 12 free throws in the second half.

* Dakari Johnson started at center in the second half.

* UK’s lobs were much sharper tonight.

* Julius Randle reached his fourth straight double-double at the 10:03 mark of the second half when he hit double figures in scoring with 10. The 10 points is his lowest scoring total of the season.

* Jim Andrews had seven double-doubles to start the 1970-71 season. Dan Issel began two separate season with five straight double-doubles. Cotton Nash started a season with five straight and Reggie Hanson started a season with four straight.

* Robert Morris shot 45.5 percent against UK in the NIT game last season. The Colonials shot 23.2 percent tonight.

* Robert Morris shot 23.2 percent, worst since Texas Southern shot 20.8 percent on Nov. 24, 2007

* Andrew Harrison grabbed eight rebounds.

* Robert Morris’ points per possession figured out to 0.658, worst by a UK foe since Eastern Michigan’s 0.507 on January 2 of last season.

* UK shot 49.1 percent. It has shot better than 50 percent in just one of its first four games — 54.5 vs. Northern Kentucky.

* Kentucky did shoot 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half.

* UK averaged 1.223 points per possession, up from 1.041 vs. Michigan State

* UK got 53.1 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities, the fourth straight game it has been 45 percent or better.

* UK outrebounded Robert Morris by 23 (56-33). It outrebounded Northern Kentucky by 28 (51-23).

* After committing 17 turnovers with 7 assists against Michigan State, the Cats had 20 assists and 15 turnovers vs. Robert Morris

* Jarrod Polson played 31 minutes vs. RMU last year. Polson played four tonight.

* E.J. Floreal made his first appearance of the season.

* Willie Cauley-Stein tied his season-high with 4 blocked shots.

* Willie Cauley-Stein had a career-high 13 rebounds.

* Cauley-Stein played 36 minutes against RMU last year; 25 tonight.

* James Young is 7-of-28 on threes so far this year.

* Aaron Harrison 28 points came in 27 minutes.

* Alex Poythress had a season-low 2 points and season-low 4 rebounds.

* Poythress played 27 minutes against RMU last season. He played 12 tonight.

* Dakari Johnson scored a career-high eight points.

* Dominique Hawkins played a combined 16 minutes in the first three games, played 18 tonight.

* Derek Willis matched his career-high with 6 points. He had 6 points in 6 minutes against Northern Kentucky. He scored 6 points in 4 minutes against RMU.

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