UK's Lamb has Cats playing like Lions in win over Samford PDF Print E-mail

 

By George Browning

Managing Editor

Green Banner Publications

 

Doron Lamb has been working hard at his game. He said extra shooting and work on the treadmill has improved his game.

Samford can attest to that as Lamb scored 26 points in helping the Cats roll to an 82-50 win Tuesday night in Rupp Arena.

“He's been good,” said UK Head Coach John Calapari when asked about Lamb's contribution to the team this season. “Let me just tell you, the extra time that he's spending on that basketball court before practice, after practice, you're all seeing the benefit of it.”

Calapari said he isn't the only Wildcat putting in extra time and added the guys who are working, are all showing improvements on the floor.

“The guys that are going in stretching and lifting and doing things before breakfast, that is another group of guys. You'll see them start to get better,” he said. “I like to say it. You get what you deserve in basketball and in life. You want to spend that extra time, there is going to be a result from it. It doesn't happen in a day. But when you start linking days together, weeks together, months together, you start seeing it. Darius Miller, same thing. Darius was better. I'm glad he made shots today because we need him to make 3s.”

Lamb said he can see the difference the extra work is making.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of work before and after practice; especially before practice,” he said. “ I get there a little early and get a little workout in on the treadmill. I’ve been putting up a lot of shots while I am tired and it is paying off for me now.”

The Cats took control from the outset as Lamb scored five points in a spurt that saw them take an 11-0 lead over the visitors.

Kentucky maintained that margin until another spurt mid-way through the first half allowed them to take total control of the game.

Leading 29-18, Darius Miller drained a three and Lamb converted an and-one opportunity that put UK up 35-18 with 6:30 remaining in the half.

Samford answered with a two, but the Wildcats came right back with another three by Lamb, who finished the game with a game-high 26 points.

Kentucky's lead grew to 23, 45-22 at the end of the first half.

In the second, neither team could get much going.

Samford went 2:34 without a basket and the only thing the Cats could manage during that time was a dunk by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Marquis Teague ended the drought with a three at the 16:49 mark and a two a few moments later that put Kentucky on top 52-26.

Samford trimmed the lead to 15, 52-27, off a basket by Raijon Kelly, but that would be as close as they would get.

Lamb drained a three and hit a two and Kidd-Gilchrist scored in the paint during a 7-2 run that extended the Cats lead to 30, 59-29.

In addition to Lamb's 26, three other Cats totaled double figures.

Miller added 17 points, Teague had 14 and Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10.

Anthony Davis was the leading rebounder with nine to go along with his eight points.

The Cats are 10-1 and have what should be two more tuneups before the Dec. 31 showdown with Louisville.

Kentucky hosts Loyola (Md.) Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Lamar on Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m.