No. 1 Kentucky pulls away from Montevallo, 95-72

The Associated PressNovember 5, 2013
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Kentucky's Julius Randle, left, goes up in an attempt to block the shot of Montevallo's Troran Brown during the first half of an exhibition NCAA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman forward Julius Randle scored 21 points to lead five Kentucky players in double figures, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away for a 95-72 exhibition victory over Montevallo on Monday night.

The Wildcats' final tuneup before Friday's opener against North Carolina-Asheville saw them trail 9-2 to the Division II Falcons before going ahead for good with a 14-0 run. Montevallo stayed within reach in the fast-paced game and even got within 49-40 early in the second half before Kentucky's 12-2 run provided a cushion.

Kentucky shot 36 of 62 (58 percent).

James Young added 16 points and five rebounds for Kentucky and made a hustle play resulting in a Montevallo basket. Leaping out of bounds for a loose ball, the freshman flipped it backwards and the lob went through the net to bring a standing ovation from 20,039 in Rupp Arena.

Wildcats coach John Calipari said the shot ''made me laugh. I thought he made a 3(-pointer) out there'' on the basket that was credited as a team layup.

Willie-Cauley Stein added 12 points while Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress each had 10.

Montevallo's Troran Brown scored a game-high 30 points.