(15) Kentucky 73

(6-2, 2-0 away)

Georgia State 46

(2-3, 1-1 CAA)

    8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

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    #15UK 30 4373
    GAST 24 2246

    Top Performers

    Kentucky: S. Alleyne 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Georgia St: R. Chase 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kentucky rolls despite missing Rondo

    ATLANTA (AP) -- After watching his team get the ball inside the paint only 12 times in a loss to North Carolina last weekend, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith promised that wouldn't happen again.

    The No. 15 Wildcats delivered on Smith's pledge as backup center Shagari Alleyne scored a career-high 16 points as the Wildcats beat Georgia State 73-46 on Tuesday night despite playing without leading scorer Rajon Rondo.

    "We finally threw the ball inside," Smith said. "We were bigger than the Panthers inside. We made a commitment to throw the ball inside."

    Rondo, a sophomore guard and the team leader in the major offensive categories, was held out with strep throat. He's expected to return for Kentucky's game at Indiana Saturday.

    Kentucky still leaned on its guards for most of its scoring against the Panthers, but Smith was encouraged to see the breakout game from Alleyne.

    "We were very pleased he was able to play the way he did tonight," Smith said. "He can be a real force inside because he is so long."

    Without Rondo, who averages 14.7 points and 10 rebounds, Smith abandoned his normal three-guard lineup and instead found success with Alleyne. The 7-foot-3 junior, whose previous career high was three points, was averaging only 8.2 minutes per game and had scored only seven points all season before taking advantage of the opportunity against the Panthers.

    "I just let the game flow a little bit," Alleyne said. "Coach just said he wanted us to get as many easy baskets as we can, to get as close to the basket as we can."

    Alleyne did not start the game, but started the second half.

    "I have the potential to play like that all the time," Alleyne said.

    "We thought we would see a smaller team, a faster team," Georgia State coach Michael Perry said. "The game plan probably changed for both teams when [Smith] saw the production that he had."

    Joe Crawford, who returned after missing three games with a hip pointer and a bone bruise on his knee, had 14 points. Ramel Bradley added 12 for Kentucky (6-2), which led by only six at halftime before pulling away with a 22-6 run to open the second half.

    Patrick Sparks added 10 points -- all in the second half -- for Kentucky.

    Freshman Rashad Chase led Georgia State (2-3) with a career-high 19 points.

    Kentucky had two 11-0 runs in the first half after Georgia State scored the first 11 points. Smith subbed for Alleyene, who had three baskets and a blocked shot as the Wildcats answered with their own run.

    After Georgia State took a 14-11 lead, a 3-pointer by Bobby Perry sparked another 11-0 run by Kentucky for a 22-14 lead. The Wildcats led 30-24 at halftime and pushed the lead to 22 points at 52-30 on a 3-pointer by Ramel Bradley with 10:27 left.

    Game notes
    C Lukasz Obrzut made his third start of the season for Kentucky -- his first since the third game. ... Kentucky was the first of three Southeastern Conference opponents on Georgia State's December schedule. The Panthers will play Georgia Saturday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth and will play at Alabama on Dec. 17. ... Kentucky beat Georgia State 77-59 last season in Lexington.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 46
    FG Made-Attempted 27-52 (.519) 19-53 (.358)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 3-17 (.176)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-14 (.857) 5-13 (.385)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 27 11

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