Fitch leads Wildcats past Colonels 101-72

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - Even after Kentucky's 101-72 win over Eastern Kentucky University Tuesday night, Wildcat coach Tubby Smith still wasn't ready to talk about the game that's on everyone's mind.

That game certainly wasn't the matchup with the Colonels. It's the upcoming matchup Saturday versus No. 20 Louisville Cardinals.

When asked if he saw anything Tuesday night against EKU which could help his team against the Cards, Smith said, "I don't know what translates from this into Saturday's game. I'll tell you after the game Saturday."

But Smith still had lots to say about his players' performances, most notably Gerald Fitch, who led all scorers with 26 points, including 5-of-7 on three-pointers.

"He took a couple of tough shots for us," Smith said of Fitch. "When he gets an open look, he's an excellent shooter, and he took great shots tonight."

Fitch nailed four three-pointers in a second-half flurry which spanned five minutes. His first three of the second half gave UK a 74-40 lead with 14:04 to go in the game. His final one made it 82-57, and Smith played mainly his substitutes the rest of the way.

The Wildcats, who opened the game with an 18-4 run, shot a season-best 64.2 percent from the field, making 43-of-67 shots. Of those 43 baskets, 28 came with assists.

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