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Freshmen help 'Cats shake off Morehead

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Archie Goodwin doesn't back down from contact. Alex Poythress is getting used to it.

Against Morehead State on Wednesday night, the much-hyped Kentucky freshmen clearly welcomed it.

Goodwin scored a career-high 28 and Poythress added 20, helping No. 8 Kentucky rally to beat stubborn Morehead State 81-70.

Their biggest contributions came at the line as Goodwin and Poythress combined to convert 20 of 25 free throws to help the Wildcats (3-1) fight back several times before steadily pulling away in the second half.

"We expect everybody we play to be physical," said Poythress, who was 8-of-8 from the line and 6-of-12 from the field. "We just didn't want to lose, and we wanted to pick everybody up."

Setting the example was Goodwin, the 6-foot-4 swingman. His quick, physical game helped him average 15 points coming in, but he really found Morehead State's aggressive approach to his liking.

Not only did Goodwin draw contact and fouls, he made the Eagles regret it by converting 12 of 17 free throws.

"I'm not afraid of contact," said Goodwin, who also made 8 of 13 field goals. "You have to want contact."

Julius Mays hit 6 of 7 free throws to finish with 11 points for the Wildcats.

NO. 6 SYRACUSE 73, PRINCETON 53: James Southerland scored a career-high 22 and had five steals, Michael Carter-Williams added 10 points and nine assists and the Orange (3-0) won its 24th straight in the Carrier Dome and boosted its record to 31-0 against the Ivy League in the Dome.

NO. 9 UNC 112, CHAMINADE 70: James Michael McAdoo scored 18 to lead five players in double figures for the Tar Heels (5-1), who topped 100 points for the first time this season in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

NO. 15 MICH. ST.: Freshman guard Gary Harris, who is third on the team with a 12-point scoring average, has a sprained left shoulder and will be out two to three weeks.

W. VIRGINIA: Bob Huggins received a contract extension that includes the choice of moving into another role or continuing his coaching duties beyond the 2017-18 season. The contract runs through 2022-23. Starting in 2018-19, Huggins, 59, can assume a five-year appointment in public relations and development along with other duties assigned by the athletic director at a base salary of $50,000 a year. Or he can continue serving as head coach.


NO. 10 MARYLAND 94, AMERICAN 54: Tianna Hawkins had 25 points and nine rebounds as the host Terrapins (3-1) bounced back from their first loss.

NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 71, IONA 55: Shenneika Smith had 21 points, and Briana Brown scored six straight to blow the game open midway through the second half for the host Red Storm (3-1).

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