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Towns, Kentucky rout EKU

Dec 8, 2014 - 5:36 AM Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points in No. 1 Kentucky's 82-49 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday.

Two days after junior Willie Cauley-Stein set a career-high with 21 points in a win over Texas, Towns, a freshman, posted a career-best while pulling down nine rebounds and blocking four shots.

"Watching him play I learned some stuff and took some stuff away and tried to implement it in to today's game," said Towns.

Towns has scored in double figures in four straight games after being held to nine or fewer points over the first five games of his career.

Cauley-Stein had 11 points and Trey Lyles and Marcus Lee both scored 10 off the bench for the Wildcats (9-0), who have won every game this season by double digits.

Denzel Richardson dropped 19 to pace the Colonels (4-3), who shot a collective 26.1 percent (18-for-69) from the field.

"I thought our guys did compete very hard for both halves," said EKU coach Jeff Neubauer.

Richardson kept the reigning OVC champs close early on, scoring eight of their first 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting. Kentucky took a timeout leading 15-10 at 11:33.

Out of the timeout, Towns scored five straight to jumpstart a prolonged 26-4 run to close out the first half. EKU was held off the scoreboard after Deverin Muff's dunk at 7:14, and the Wildcats scored the final 15 points of the half to take a 41-14 lead into the break.

EKU only made 2-of-17 from behind the arc and didn't get to the foul line in the first half.

The spread was at least 20 for the entire second half.

Game Notes

Kentucky is 9-0 for the first time since 2009-10 ... Kentucky is 11-0 all-time against EKU ... The Wildcats outscored the Colonels 52-20 in the paint.