Kentucky routs PennJan 4, 2011 - 3:31 AM Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Brandon Knight scored 22 points and Doron Lamb finished with 16, as 10th-ranked Kentucky used a big second half to rout Penn, 86-62, at Rupp Arena.
Knight made 4-of-7 from three-point range, while Josh Harrellson turned in a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky (12-2), which earned an impressive 78-63 victory at Louisville on Friday and has now won seven straight games. Darius Miller donated 11 points, seven boards and six assists in the win.
Tyler Bernardini netted 22 points and Miles Cartwright added 16 for Penn (5-6), which suffered a 66-57 loss at Marist on Wednesday and has dropped three of four.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for college basketball and this school's history and tradition here," Penn head coach Jerome Allen said. "It looks like coach (John) Calipari has it going in the right direction and I have nothing but the utmost respect and I wish him the best of luck."
Ahead by only a 33-32 score at the intermission, Kentucky got a pair of free throws and a layup from Terrence Jones to start the second half and put the hosts ahead by five.
Knight's trey capped a 7-0 run that extended the Wildcats advantage to double digits, 49-39, five minutes in and the rout was on from there. Lamb bookended a string of 11 straight points with a pair of corner threes for a 66-45 game near the midway point.
The Quakers were unable to get within single digits the rest of the way as Kentucky cruised to the victory.
Penn used some hot three-point shooting to take control early in the opening half. Bernardini hit from beyond the arc and two triples from Cartwright capped a mini 9-4 run to give the Quakers a 17-10 lead eight minutes into the contest.
Mike Howlett's layup with 5:01 remaining put the visitors up by a 31-19 score before Kentucky closed the half with a 14-1 burst behind some swarming defense.
Harrellson got things started with a tip-in and Lamb's free throw in the closing seconds put the Wildcats ahead 33-32 heading into the locker room. Penn made 7-of-9 from three-point territory in the opening 20 minutes.
"You've got to give them credit for how they played in the first half," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. "They controlled the whole half. We were lucky we were not down 10 at halftime."
Kentucky has won all five of the meetings in the all-time series against Penn...Jones had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 57.1 percent from the floor...Penn made 40.8 percent of its shots, but hit on 8- of-12 from beyond the arc.
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