Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Kyle Wiltjer scored a game-high 17 points to push the Kentucky Wildcats to a 75-53 rout of the Auburn Tigers in Southeastern Conference action at Auburn Arena.
Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, and Ryan Harrow chipped in 12 points each for Kentucky (12-5, 3-1 SEC) as it picked up its second victory in a row. Harrow also dealt out eight assists while Nerlens Noels made a major contribution with 10 points, nine rebounds, and seven blocks.
Rob Chubb paced Auburn (8-9, 2-2) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Frankie Sullivan went 5-of-16 from the field to net 12 points, Allen Payne scored 11, and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum added 10 points off the bench for the Tigers, who suffered their second straight defeat.
Auburn missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts in the first half, but it went into halftime trailing by a reasonable, 30-25 margin after the Wildcats went just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc before the break.
Kentucky was unstoppable after the intermission, connecting on 66.7 percent of its field goal tries to outscore the hosts, 45-28, over the final 20 minutes. The Wildcats used a 17-2 run to jump out to an insurmountable 27-point lead late in the second period.
Although the Tigers committed only nine turnovers, they were outrebounded, 43-30, and outscored, 40-30, in the paint.