Rapid Reaction: Kentucky 75, Kansas 65

November, 16, 2011
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NEW YORK -- A quick take on No. 2 Kentucky's 75-65 win over No. 11 Kansas in the second game of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

What it means: In a battle of two of the most storied programs in college basketball, the Wildcats prevail over the Jayhawks to improve to 2-0 on the season. Kansas drops to 1-1. A very young Kentucky team puts on an impressive show in front of a national television audience.

The skinny: This game started out like the first game of the evening, Duke versus Michigan State, with a tight first half. Both teams shot less than 41 percent from the field. Both teams had problems taking care of the ball -- Kentucky had 12 first-half turnovers, Kansas had 10. The game was tied 28-28 at intermission.

Then, just like Duke in Game 1, Kentucky opened up the second half with a big run -- in the Wildcats' case, an 11-0 run to go up 41-30. Kentucky led by as many as 17 in the second half, and never let Kansas get within striking distance once they surged ahead.

From downtown: Kentucky shot just 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half, but was a sparkling 6-for-9 in the second half. Sophomore guard Doron Lamb, a Queens native, knocked down three of them in a short time span when the Wildcats were extending their lead. He finished with a team-high 17 points -- one of five Kentucky players in double figures. The others were sophomore Terrence Jones (15 points), and freshmen Anthony Davis (14 points, six blocked shots), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12 points) and Marquis Teague (12 points).

In a losing cause: Senior Tyshawn Taylor, who played for Bob Hurley at nearby St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, led the Jayhawks with 22 points. Taylor shot just 3-for-13 from the field, but made 15 of 17 from the foul line. As a team, Kansas shot just 20-for-59 from the field (33.9 percent), and 4-for-15 on 3-pointers. The Jayhawks also had 11 shots blocked.

What's next: Kentucky will play Penn State in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Kansas faces Georgetown next Monday in Hawaii, as part of the Maui Invitational.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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