That Tubby Smith would win his 200th game as Kentucky's men's basketball coach last night was a given. That a freshman would lead the way was not. Smith picked up the milestone...
LEXINGTON, Ky. — That Tubby Smith would win his 200th game as Kentucky’s men’s basketball coach last night was a given. That a freshman would lead the way was not.
Smith picked up the milestone win as the eighth-ranked Wildcats routed Campbell 82-50 behind a career-high 25 points — on 11-of-14 shooting — from freshman center Randolph Morris.
“He was moving well, running the floor better,” Smith said of Morris. “When he puts his mind to it, and he’s hungry, he’s pretty hard to stop.”
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Kelenna Azubuike added 14 points as the Wildcats (9-1) won their fifth consecutive game. Kentucky will begin Southeastern Conference play Wednesday against South Carolina and has one nonconference game remaining, at home against No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 9.
The lopsided loss was Campbell’s third of the season to a major-conference opponent. The Fighting Camels (2-7) also lost by 55 points to No. 17 North Carolina State and by 41 points to Tennessee.
Smith is 200-53 in eight seasons at Kentucky and 324-115 in 14 seasons overall with the Wildcats, Georgia and Tulsa. He is the fourth coach to win at least 200 games at Kentucky, joining Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall and Rick Pitino.
Smith downplayed the significance of the win.
“It’s good to get the win,” Smith said. “I’m grateful for the people at Kentucky.”
Other Top 25 games
At No. 10 Pittsburgh 72, South Carolina 68
Chevon Troutman scored 20 points to help lead the Panthers (10-0). Carlos Powell and Josh Gonner each scored 15 points for the Gamecocks (7-3).
At No. 15 Texas 100, Texas-San Antonio 82
P.J. Tucker scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Longhorns (9-2). Justin Harbert led the Roadrunners (4-5) with 25 points.
At Wisconsin 76, No. 18 Alabama 62
Alando Tucker scored 21 points, and the Badgers (9-2) extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 36 games. Chuck Davis and Kennedy Winston each scored 18 for Alabama (10-2).
At West Virginia 71, No. 20 George Washington 65
Mike Gansey scored 19 points as the Mountaineers improved to 9-0 for the first time in 44 years. T.J. Thompson and J.R. Pinnock each had 14 points for the Colonials (8-2).
At No. 23 Michigan St. 92, N.C.-Asheville 63
Paul Davis and Kelvin Torbert led a balanced offense with 15 points each for the Spartans (8-2). Omar Collington and Steven Rush each had 14 points for the Bulldogs (3-7).
Arizona State 89, Valparaiso 65
Ike Diogu scored 21 points to power the Sun Devils (11-1) in the finals of the ASU Hoops Classic. Dan Oppland led Valparaiso (3-7) with 17 points.
* A former member of La Salle’s team will stand trial on a rape charge after a former member of the women’s team testified he had sex with her last year while she was asleep.
Dzaflo Larkai was ordered to stand trial by a judge following the woman’s testimony Tuesday. An arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 18.
* Syracuse center Darryl Watkins will have surgery on his right thumb and will be out indefinitely.