Cats Soar Over Seahawks

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Updated: 11/02/2012 12:10 am
Kentucky opened exhibition play Thursday night with a 93-61 win over NAIA school Northwood.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Archie Goodwin scored 22 points, Nerlens Noel added 17 and Alex Poythress had 11 as No. 3 Kentucky's highly-touted freshmen class led five Wildcats in double figures in a 93-61 exhibition victory over Northwood on Thursday night.
 
Noel added 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Wildcats, who got 15 points from sophomore guard Ryan Harrow and 12 from sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer. Willie Cauley-Stein, another freshman, had eight.
 
For the Wildcats' freshmen - following in the footsteps of a team that won last season's NCAA championship with rookies Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - the debut was even better than expected.
 
Kentucky shot 61 percent and outrebounded Northwood 42-30, holding the Seahawks to 36 percent shooting. The Wildcats committed 17 turnovers, but coach John Calipari expected that from his rookies, which he used in 11 combinations.
 
Forward Masse Doumbe scored 25 points for Northwood, which plays in the NAIA and is coached by Rollie Massimino.

It was Massimino's first visit to Rupp Arena since guiding Villanova past Georgetown to win 1985 national championship in one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.

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