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No. 3 Kentucky downs Loyola-Maryland behind balanced attack

Dec 22, 2011 - 9:49 PM Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Kyle Wiltjer led four Kentucky players in double figures with 24 points, as the third-ranked Wildcats topped Loyola- Maryland, 87-63.

Anthony Davis posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky (11-1), which has won its last three games following a stunning last-second loss at Indiana on December 10.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 15 points, seven boards and four assists for the Wildcats, who shot 54 percent in extending their home winning streak to 42 games.

"At the end of the day, I like my team," said Kentucky head coach John Calipari. "I've got a good team. And when we click and we all come together and we're all playing aggressive and we're all bouncing and talking and we're all making easy plays, this stuff gets scary. We're not close to that right now. But this thing could get scary."

Erik Etherly totaled 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals for Loyola-Maryland (8-3).

"We played as hard as we could. We competed very hard," said Greyhounds head coach Jimmy Patsos.

The Greyhounds, who had won eight straight before falling at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, stayed within striking distance of the Wildcats during the first half, trailing by double digits on one occasion (33-23).

Loyola-Maryland scored the next eight points but went into the break down six as a Marquis Teague free throw put Kentucky up 45-39.

The Wildcats pulled away in the second half. Holding a five-point lead at 51-46, Wiltjer nailed a three-pointer to ignite an 11-2 run, and an Eloy Vargas dunk stretched the hosts' lead to 73-50 with 10:16 to play.

Game Notes

Kentucky's Darius Miller had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists...Teague and teammate Doron Lamb scored nine points apiece...Dylon Cormier and Justin Drummond contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Greyhounds...The Wildcats shot 64 percent in the second half, while holding Loyola-Maryland to 37 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes...Kentucky's Terrence Jones missed a second straight game with a dislocated pinky.