LEXINGTON, Ky. — Point guard Ryan Harrow finished with 15 points and a season-high eight assists, and Kentucky rolled Eastern Michigan for a 90-38 win Wednesday night in men’s college basketball in the Wildcats’ final nonconference game.
Harrow scored in double figures for his fourth straight game after tallying a total of 14 points in his first five games of the season.
Kentucky (9-4) never struggled against the Eagles (7-6), using nine straight points to create separation early and a 17-2 run midway through the first half to pull away.
The Wildcats’ defense did not allow Eastern Michigan to score on consecutive possessions in the first half.
The Eagles finished 24.2 percent from the floor (15-of-62), digging themselves an early hole and forcing shots in attempts to make up for it. Eastern Michigan was 6-of-28 in the first half, a cold stretch that carried over well into the second: The Eagles did not score for a combined 8:37 of game-time that leaked more than five minutes into the second half.
By the time Jalen Ross dunked with 13:38 left in the game to break the scoreless streak, Eastern Michigan was down 53-17.
Four other Kentucky players also finished in double figures: Kyle Wiltjer (17 points), Alex Poythress (16), Julius Mays (13) and Willie Cauley-Stein (11).
Glenn Bryant led the Eagles with 10 points.
Auburn 78, Florida State 72: In Auburn, Ala., Frankie Sullivan scored 24 points and Allen Payne added 17 for Auburn in the Tigers’ nonconference finale.
Auburn (6-7) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before outscoring the Seminoles (8-5) 21-10 down the back end of the first half to cut the Florida State lead to 36-35 by halftime.
Sullivan scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half, keeping the Tigers alive as they battled back from the early deficit. Payne scored nine points in the second half for Auburn as the Tigers overtook the lead.
Florida State’s Michael Snaer recorded a double-double in the losing effort, scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Terry Whisnant added another 16 points for the Seminoles.
The Auburn victory avenged an 85-56 loss to Florida State in Tallahassee last season.
Vanderbilt 64, William & Mary 50: In Nashville, Tenn., freshman Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 14 points off the bench to lead Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (6-6) smothered William & Mary, which shot just 34 percent (16-of-47) from the field. Still, the Tribe (7-5) trailed by just seven with seven minutes left. But Vanderbilt rattled off eight straight points, including consecutive 3-pointers from Kedren Johnson and Dai-Jon Parker to pull away.
Jeter was 6-of-7 from field and scored seven straight points twice.
Marcus Thornton paced William & Mary with 14 points. Tim Rusthoven added 11 and Matt Rum had 10.