Wiltjer, Kentucky rout cold-shooting Auburn 75-53

Wiltjer, Kentucky rout cold-shooting Auburn 75-53
January 19, 2013, 11:22 pm
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Kentucky's Nerlens Noel scores against Auburn during an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Al.com, Julie Bennett)


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points for the second straight game and Kentucky held Auburn without a 3-pointer in a 75-53 victory on Saturday night.

The Wildcats (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) turned a five-point halftime game into a rout for their 14th consecutive win over the Tigers (8-9, 2-2) and 28th in 29 meetings.

Kentucky made 18 of 27 shots (67 percent) in its second straight hot-shooting performance after halftime.

The Tigers missed all 15 3-point attempts, making it only the third time they've been held without a 3. It was the first since going 0 for 14 at Mississippi on March 1, 1997.

Nerlens Noel made sure things weren't much easier inside. Noel had 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks

Archie Goodwin had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress also scored a dozen.

The Wildcats had shot 65 percent after the half against Tennessee.