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Second-half rally leads UK past Morehead State

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Kastine Evans scored a career-high 23 points and Kentucky (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) used a second-half scoring spree to cruise past Morehead State 96-60 in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.

Down 32-31 at halftime to the Eagles, the Wildcats opened the second half on a 9-0 run and wouldn't trail again. Kentucky extended that early spree to a whopping 36-10 run at one point in the second frame, and finished the half outscoring Morehead State 65-28.

Kentucky's 65-point outburst was the most scored in any half in team history, as the Wildcats shot 69 percent (20 of 29) in the frame.

A'dia Mathies added 16 points, Keyla Snowden had 15 and Maegan Conwright chipped in 11 for the Wildcats.

Courtney Lumpkin led the Eagles with 12 points and Ashar Harris grabbed 20 rebounds.

Kentucky has won eight straight against Morehead State and holds a 25-4 all-time advantage.