LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Keith Bogans scored 26 points as No. 21 Kentucky rebounded from a slow start to rout Tennessee State, 115-87.
Bogans scored 19 of his points in the second half and shot 7-of-11 from the field after the break. Kentucky (7-3) trailed early, but took the lead for good, 35-32, on a 3-pointer by forward Chuck Hayes with 5:07 left in the first half.
"We got off to a slow start," Bogans said. "(Coach Tubby Smith) didn't have to say much. Once he sits you down you already know. We knew we weren't playing any transition defense. They were getting easy baskets."
Kentucky outscored Tennessee State, 68-47, in the second half building on a 47-40 halftime lead. Josh Cooperwood scored 18 of his 32 points for the Tigers (2-7) over the final 20 minutes.
"I just had one of those nights where I was hot and I got on a roll," Cooperwood said. "Their guards are some of the best I've ever played against. I was just having a good game tonight."
The Wildcats used an 18-2 run early in the second half to take a 77-50 lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Marquis Estill scored 15 points for Kentucky and Erik Daniels added 14. Daniels, a junior, added a career-high seven assists to lead the Wildcats.
"I'm feeling good that I'm able to contribute," Daniels said. "The up-tempo style really helped me get into my game."
Bogans has led the Wildcats in scoring in each of their last five games and moved into 12th place on Kentucky's all-time scoring list with 1,551 points, passing Mike Casey.
Kentucky, which outrebounded Tennessee State 52-27, got 11 from Estill.
Kentucky bounced back from an 81-63 loss at Louisville on Saturday, while Tennessee State lost its third in a row.
"This was a good win to bounce back after the tough, tough loss we had against Louisville," Smith said. "You could tell our guys were a little bit down, but we bounced back and picked it up in the second half."
Kentucky is 33-9 in games after losses under Smith. The Wildcats lost to the Cardinals, 81-63, on Saturday.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 3-0.