Terrence Jones, Kentucky Cruise Past Oklahoma in Maui
Jones, a Portland, Ore., native who scorned UW after initially committing, led No. 8 Kentucky with 29 points and 13 boards -- his second double-double in four career games -- as the Wildcats cruised past Oklahoma 76-64 Monday in Maui.
In a critical moment of the second half, Jones ripped down a board with one hand, ran the break and dropped a deft under-handed, no-look pass to a wide-open Josh Harrellson for an uncontested lay-up. Later, after the Sooners had cut the Kentucky lead to six late in the game, Jones (pictured right from earlier in the season) had a crucial block that led to a run-out which he finished with a dunk.
It wasn't all Jones, however. Kentucky sprinted out to a 21-8 lead on the strength of efficient offense and outside shooting. Only twice in their first 11 possessions did the Wildcats come up empty, both from Jones turnovers.
After the early spurt, Oklahoma battled back and reeled off eight straight. Still, the 'Cats were too strong inside and too quick on the perimeter. Freshman Doron Lamb paced Kentucky with 10 first-half points, and the Sooners trailed by 14 at the break.
Oklahoma (3-1) fought back valiantly in the second half, led by lone senior Cade Davis who had 23 points. His 3-pointer with just over two minutes left cut the Kentucky lead to six, but the Sooners would get no closer.
Kentucky (3-0) moves on to face the winner of Washington and Virginia Tuesday night.