Reed Sheppard, No. 12 Kentucky overpower No. 8 Miami

Freshman reserve Reed Sheppard had an outstanding all-around game with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals as No. 12 Kentucky knocked off No. 8 Miami 95-73 on Tuesday night in Lexington, Ky.The contest was part of the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.The Wildcats (6-1), who won their fourth straight game, also got 18 points from Antonio Reeves plus 14 points and seven assists from Tre Mitchell.Sheppard made 8 of 13 shots from the floor and 5 of 9 from 3-point range. The rest of the Wildcats shot 4-for-12 from long distance.The only negative for Kentucky happened in the first half, when starting guard D.J. Wagner left the game due to a leg injury. He did not return.Miami (5-1) was led by Norchad Omier (20 points, six rebounds) and Wooga Poplar (19 points, eight rebounds). However, Matthew Cleveland (five points) and Nijel Pack (two points) were held down. The duo entered the game averaging a combined 32.8 points.Cleveland, though, had perhaps the most spectacular play of the first half as he blocked Adou Thiero’s dunk attempt.Miami took an early 8-4 lead thanks in part to 3-for-3 shooting by Poplar on mid-range jumpers. Kentucky responded with a 17-3 run to take a 10-point lead.The Hurricanes then surged ahead with an 18-2 run, but the Wildcats finished the first half on an 8-0 stretch, taking a 42-37 lead. Miami went scoreless for the last three minutes.In the first half, Kentucky had a 26-10 edge in paint points and a 12-7 advantage in transition.