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Bradshaw's double-double powers No. 16 Kentucky past Penn

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Bradshaw celebrated his homecoming with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Rob Dillingham scored 17 points to lead No. 16 Kentucky past Penn 81-66 on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Antonio Reeves scored 16 points for Kentucky.

The Wildcats (7-2) bounced back from last week’s loss to UNC-Wilmington in front of a decisive Big Blue crowd. Kentucky took over Philly, from four area players in the roster, to the bulk of the 8,000 or so fans in attendance, to even scoreboard advertising for Lexington-area business.

Playing outside of Rupp Arena for only the second time this season, Kentucky was still the home team against the Quakers (6-5) that traveled all of about 4 miles for the game from its Ivy League campus.

Kentucky surely had the friends and family advantage. Justin Edwards is a Philadelphia native. Bradshaw, DJ Wagner and Kareem Watkins are all from across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey.

Reeves pushed aside pesky Penn with a pair of buckets and a 3-pointer with 7:34 left during a 9-0 run that made it 70-57 and had Big Blue dancing in their seats.

Clark Slajchert led the Quakers with 17 points. Tyler Perkins scored 15 and Sam Brown hit four 3-pointers for 12 points.

The Quakers already knocked off nationally-ranked Villanova last month -- students stormed the court at the Palestra -- so a blueprint on how to beat a Top 25 team was in place.

Slajchert hit a 3 that made it 45-41 and Brown, son of former 76ers coach Brett Brown, buried one that brought the Quakers to 47-46 that got a rise out of the roughly 300 Penn students behind the basket.

George Smith hit Penn’s fourth 3 of the half (on five attempts) that made it 51-49. The Quakers played the type of game that would have earned them easy Ivy League wins. Against the Wildcats, though, the Quakers could never take the lead.

Determined not to lose to a double-digit underdog for a second straight game, the Wildcats pushed back — Bradshaw hit a 3 for needed breathing room before the decisive run. With former Wildcat and current 76ers star Tyrese Maxey watching from courtside, Bradshaw put the finishing touches on the win with a big two-handed slam off an offensive rebound.

Maxey sipped out of a soda cup as he followed the Wildcats into the locker room for the postgame celebration.


The Quakers host Howard on Monday.

Kentucky plays No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday in Atlanta.


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