Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky met for the 12th time on the basketball court last night. And, for the 12th time, the Wildcats came out the victor.
UK jumped out to a sizeable 12 to 2 lead early in the game. Eastern fought back to close within one at just under 14 minutes in the first half before trailing by 14 at the break. The Colonels would whittle the Wildcat lead down to six in the second half but a big burst of scoring by Kentucky down the stretch made the final score 88 to 67.
Junior JaVontae Hawkins led EKU scoring with 19 points and UK’s Alex Poythress had game high scoring honors with 21. Eastern’s next game is Saturday against Marshall and UK plays Arizona State on Saturday.