@DuqMBB Falls to No. 2 Kentucky
Isiaha Mike had a game-high 10 rebounds along with 3 steals and a block for the Dukes.
Nov. 21, 2016

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LEXINGTON, KY - De'Aaron Fox led five players in double figures with 16 points as No 2. (AP) Kentucky extended its home win streak to 40 with a 93-59 win over Duquesne at Rupp Arena.

Emile Blackman and Tarin Smith led Duquesne with 13 and 10 points respectively. Isiaha Mike had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Dukes.

Kentucky, the highest-ranked team Duquesne faced since December of 2006, held the Dukes to 30.4 percent shooting, including 5-of-25 from 3-point.

"That's one of the most-talented teams I've seen with their length, athleticism and depth," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "And then when [Kentucky head coach] John [Calipari] gets these guys playing this hard, its overwhelming. At times I thought we couldn't make a pass and we couldn't get by anybody, and when we did, the ball was blocked."

Seven UK players combined reject 10 Duquesne shots.

"The game plan was to make them try to take 30 threes," said Ferry. "When they missed, they were just relentless on the glass to get 16 offensive rebounds like that. They just keep coming."

Kentucky, which went 7-of-26 3-point, finished with 19 second-chance points and outscored the Dukes 44-20 in the paint.

The win made Kentucky 122-4 at Rupp Arena under Calipari.

"I've been doing this for 19 years and this is the best college atmosphere I've ever been involved in," said Ferry. "An hour and a half before the game there were 2,000 people here. That's something special. Its a great advantage and I don't know that they are going to lose another one here."

Duquesne returns home to face UT Martin in a Bluegrass Showcase game on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Network).

 

 

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