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December 11, 2013

Wildcats cool Broncos, win 70-55


James Young was among many Kentucky players painfully aware they had to do better after letting one get away against Baylor last week.

The freshman guard's improved shooting against Boise State on Tuesday night played a big role in helping the 11th-ranked Wildcats snap back from that frustrating loss.

Young scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and Kentucky used solid defense to hand Boise State its first loss, 70-55.

"I got some extra shots before practice," said Young, whose 7-of-15 shooting included all four of Kentucky's 3-pointers. "I got here before a couple of guys and got more shots up, and I think that's what really helped."

The Wildcats (8-2) ended up making 27 of 51 from the field (53 percent) and outscored the Broncos 44-24 in the paint, a statistic also indicative of their defensive improvement.

There certainly was room for it after Kentucky was outrebounded by 16 in losing 67-62 to No. 14 Baylor last Friday in Arlington, Texas.

The Wildcats bounced back by dominating the Broncos (8-1) 43-27 on the glass.

Kentucky held the nation's No. 2 offense 37 points below its average, limiting Boise State to 8-of-35 shooting in the second half and 22 of 69 overall (32 percent).

"We had pressure on the ball," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We picked up. We're trying to figure things out as a team, how we have to play. I wish we had played that way (before), with that kind of pressure on the ball."

Kentucky 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein matched his career high with nine blocks while adding seven rebounds and six points in 25 minutes.

Julius Randle had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, while guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison each scored 13 points and combined for seven rebounds.

Add in more switching than usual by the longer, taller Wildcats, and the result was an effort that helped deny Boise State its first 9-0 start.

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