Kentucky rolls North Carolina 84-70

Devin Booker - photo by Walter Cornett |
Devin Booker – photo by Walter Cornett |

and each scored 15 points and top-ranked shook off the shock of losing junior forward by rolling past No. 21 84-70 on Saturday.

With Poythress courtside two days after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice, the Wildcats (11-0) combined depth, length and strong shooting to post a convincing win over the Tar Heels (6-3).

Booker returned from a one-game absence to make all three long-range attempts and 5 of 8 overall on a day that shot 57 percent from the field.

never trailed and eventually built a 19-point second half lead, though got within 66-57 midway through when Marcus Paige (14 points) warmed up from outside. But the Wildcats used a 14-5 run over 5:56 for a cushion.

added 14 points and had nine in place of Poythress.

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