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Nick Richards' big night, smothering defense leads Kentucky basketball to win over EKU

LEXINGTON - So much for an emotional let down after beating No. 1 Michigan State.

Three days after opening its season by taking down the Spartans, No. 2 Kentucky held Eastern Kentucky scoreless for the first 7:03 Friday, jumping out to an early 14-0 lead en route to a 91-49 victory.

Kentucky held EKU to 25.4% from the field and 25% (8 for 33) from 3-point range.

Here is what we learned from the win:

More progress from Nick Richards

With sophomore forward EJ Montgomery unavailable due to an ankle injury, UK coach John Calipari reinserted junior forward Nick Richards to the starting lineup.