Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Terrence Jones poured in 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and fellow freshman Doron Lamb netted 20 points, as No. 11 Kentucky rolled to an 88-65 season-opening victory over East Tennessee State.
Kentucky (1-0) crushed ETSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season, but that was with a different cast of characters.
John Calipari's latest recruiting class looked nearly as impressive in this year's opener, with highly regarded point guard Brandon Knight chipping in 17 points and five assists in his debut.
Isiah Brown finished with team-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds for the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference champion Buccaneers (0-1).
"Isiah Brown's play was very encouraging. He was great, we just didn't have enough players to go with him," ETSU head coach Murry Bartow said.
Kentucky extended a 13-12 first-half lead with an eight-point run, as Knight and Lamb each hit three-pointers around two DeAndre Liggins free throws 7 1/2 minutes before the break.
Despite Brown's 17 first-half points, ETSU was unable to solve Kentucky's perimeter prowess, as the Wildcats hit 10 three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 50-35 advantage at halftime.
Jones took over in the early stages of the second half, as the 6-foot-8, 244- pound Oregon-native made a pair of buckets to start a game-sealing rally, then converted a tough three-point play before hitting one from behind the arc on the next possession for a 62-42 advantage 5 1/2 minutes in.
Lamb's three-point play in transition and Liggins' three-pointer capped the impressive 16-0 flurry, and Kentucky cruised to the finish line from there.
"Offensively, we did some good things and we found each other. (We had) 18 assists. We only had 10 turnovers. But the reality of it is we made shots," said Calipari.
Kentucky, with a team that had five players selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, lost to West Virginia in the East Regional final last season...Liggins scored 14 points for the Wildcats, who shot 13-of-26 from three-point range... Mike Smith, who suffered a significant knee injury last season, ended with 15 points for the Buccaneers, who received 13 points from Sheldon Cooley.
11/12 22:57:47 ET