Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ROUNDUP; Kentucky Opens with Another Stunning Loss

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ROUNDUP; Kentucky Opens with Another Stunning Loss

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Virginia Military Institute handed host Kentucky another season-opening stunner with a 111-103 victory Friday night.

The upset came just over one year after Gardner-Webb's 84-68 win over the Wildcats.

It looked like a blowout early, as VMI led by as many as 26 points. But Kentucky used a furious comeback to take the lead with five minutes left before giving it back up.

Jodie Meeks scored 39 points for the Wildcats.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SEC: Host Georgia had 20 steals, forced 29 turnovers and pulled away with a 24-6 run in the second half and beat turnover-prone South Carolina-Upstate 72-48. ... Zam Fredrick and Mike Holmes each scored 17 points to lead host South Carolina to an 89-76 win over Jacksonville State. ... Michael Washington scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half and led host Arkansas to a 91-87 overtime win against Southeastern Louisiana. ... David Huertas scored 24 points to lift Ole Miss to a 65-52 win over visiting Arkansas State. ... Korvotney Barber scored 22 points to help Auburn beat visiting Missouri State 75-60.

AROUND THE TOP 25: Hasheem Thabeet scored 23 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 81-55 win over visiting Western Carolina. ... DeJuan Blair had 17 points, and No. 5 Pittsburgh breezed past visiting Fairleigh Dickinson 86-63. ... A.J. Abrams scored 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and No. 7 Texas beat visiting Stetson 68-38. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 18 points, and No. 11 Purdue beat visiting Detroit Mercy 82-50. ... Blake Griffin had 24 points to lead No. 12 Oklahoma to an 83-54 victory over visiting American. ... Wesley Matthews scored 27 points, and No. 16 Marquette rolled past visiting Houston Baptist 95-64. ... Stephon Curry scored 29 points to lead No. 20 Davidson past visiting Guilford 107-83. ... Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 21 Wake Forest routed visiting North Carolina Central 94-48. ... Scottie Reynolds scored all 13 of his points in the second half to lead No. 23 Villanova to a 78-60 win over visiting Albany.

AROUND THE ACC: Gani Lawal had 18 points and 12 rebounds in host Georgia Tech's 92-47 win over Winston-Salem State. …

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