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Gillispie: "I thought they played out of their minds".


Gillispie: "I thought they played out of their minds".

Kentucky's size prevailed as Patrick Patterson's 27 points and 14 rebounds fueled an overwhelming 48-24 UK advantage in points in the paint.

But thanks largely to senior guard Paul Graham, Florida Atlantic never let UK build a double-digit lead. Graham, the son of a former Atlanta Hawk (also named Paul) and a native of Philadelphia, scored a career-high 31 points. That eclipsed the previous high by a UK opponent this season: 30 by VMI's Travis Holmes.

"Well, my main focus was just to get the win," Graham said in a soft voice. "I just try to do what I can do for the team and the coach."

Kentucky, which improved to 10-3 by matching its season-high fifth straight victory, tried mightily to prevent Graham from achieving that end. At least six different defenders (Ramon Harris, Darius Miller, Jodie Meeks, Landon Slone, Perry Stevenson and Michael Porter) guarded him.

"Until Porter got on him, I thought we put a lot of 'efenders' on him," Gillispie said. "No 'D.' "

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