Printed on: November 22, 2012

Kentucky holds off Morehead


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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points, Alex Poythress added 20 and No. 8 Kentucky rallied past stubborn Morehead State, 81-70 on Wednesday night.

Their biggest contributions came at the foul line as the much-hyped freshmen combined to convert 20 of 25 free throws to help the Wildcats (3-1) fight back several times against the Eagles (3-2) before steadily pulling away in the second half.

Julius Mays added 11 points, and freshmen forward Nerlens Noel and Kyle Wiltjer each had nine. Noel also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Milton Chavis scored 23 points for Morehead State, which had runs of 16-0 in the first half and 11-4 to start the second. Maurice Lewis-Briggs added 13 points, and Drew Kelly had 10.

The Eagles committed 32 fouls, while the Wildcats -- 31 of 41 from the line -- had 12.

"We gave them all we had, but we just couldn't hold on," said Morehead State coach Sean Woods, who played for Kentucky from 1990-92.

Kentucky shot 51 percent and outrebounded Morehead State 37-35 but was beaten 16-8 on the offensive boards.

Around the Top 25

Syracuse 73, Princeton 53: At Syracuse, N.Y., four games into the season, Princeton coach Mitch Henderson is not where he wants to be.

"We are 1-3 and we've earned that record, but we have to bounce back from where we are," Henderson said Wednesday night after a 73-53 road loss to No. 6 Syracuse.

Four teams in the top 12 -- Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Kansas -- had already lost and unranked Georgetown took top-ranked Indiana to overtime on Tuesday night before the Hoosiers pulled away in the extra period.

Any dreams of adding the Orange (3-0) to that list vanished in a flurry of turnovers. Princeton committed 24 as the long arms of the Orange defenders deflected and intercepted pass after pass. Syracuse finished with 19 steals, just three off the school record.

"The turnovers are a concern of mine, but not to get discouraged," Henderson said. "We've got a real important game for us on Saturday at Lafayette. It's important for us because I think we can be pretty good."

James Southerland scored a career-high 22 points and had five steals and Michael Carter-Williams added 10 points and nine assists to lead the Orange, which won its 24th straight game in the Carrier Dome and boosted its record to 31-0 against the Ivy League in the Dome. Syracuse also has won 35 in a row at home against nonconference foes and six in a row in the series with Princeton.

No. 9 North Carolina 112, Chaminade 70: At Lahaina, Hawaii, North Carolina rebounded from its first loss of the season by putting on an offensive clinic.

James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points to lead five North Carolina players in double figures and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels routed Division II Chaminade 112-70 on Wednesday night. The win shook off an upset Tuesday from unranked Butler, which beat the Tar Heels by 11 and led by more than that much of the game.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said the win made his team feel better.

"I think last night's game had a great effect on how we played today," Williams said. "We were all extremely upset, extremely mad."