NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Keith Bogans had 17 of his 21 points in the opening half as 12th-ranked Kentucky bolted to an early lead and cruised past Tulane, 76-60.
Bogans was 6-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range, in the first half as Kentucky made 19-of-32 shots en route to a 45-26 lead after 20 minutes. Bogans passed Johnny Cox and into 16th place on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list with 1,471 points.
Bogans' five 3-pointers moved him into a tie with Travis Ford for fourth place on the school's all-time list with 190.
"Keith Bogans was fantastic, especially with the 3-pointers," said Tulane coach and former Kentucky assistant coach Shawn Finney.
Jules Camara had 12 points and Marquis Estill and Gerald Fitch 10 apiece for Kentucky (5-1), which shot 55 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including 9-of-16 from 3-point range.
Waitari Marsh led Tulane (3-5) with 19 points and Nick Sinville and Brandon Spahn added 12 apiece. The Green Wave have dropped nine straight meetings with the Wildcats.
Tulane was within 11-9 following a 3-pointer by Marsh 6:06 into the contest. But Bogans buried a 3-pointer just over a minute later and Fitch and Chuck Hayes had baskets to push Kentucky's edge to 18-9.
The Green Wave still were within striking distance, 34-25, with 1:44 to go in the half but Hayes fed Eric Daniels for a layup to ignite an 11-1 run to close the half.
Kentucky outscored Tulane 20-6 in the paint over the opening 20 minutes.
Tulane never got closer than 15 in the second half and trailed by 25 with just over five minutes left in the contest.