Kentucky rolls to victory No. 2,000

December 22, 2009

DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson scored 18 points apiece and the third-ranked Wildcats became the first team in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-win plateau with an 88-44 romp Monday night over visiting Drexel.

Kentucky improved to 2,000-635-1 in 107 seasons. North Carolina is next on the list with 1,992 wins, while Kansas has 1,980.

"We weren't a part of many of those 2,000 wins and we had a job to do and that was drag us across the line before that other blue team got there," coach John Calipari said. "This is a special moment for this program."

Samme Givens led Drexel (6-6) with 11 points, but the Dragons shot just 31 percent from the field and spent most of the game as invited guests to Kentucky's celebration.

• After what coach Jerry Wainwright deemed a "good practice,", Mac Koshwal at last will do what DePaul desperately needs him to do: play in a game.

The 6-foot-10 junior has been cleared medically to return Tuesday at Florida Gulf Coast after an eight-game absence due to an injured foot.

• UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony assault charge of knocking a man into a glass case after a concert in Hollywood. ... North Carolina State leading scorer Tracy Smith has been suspended for one game for his comments on the officiating in the Wolfpack's loss Sunday to Wake Forest. ... Indiana State senior Harry Marshall has been reinstated to the team after serving a one-game suspension for violating team and university policies.

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