LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Another overmatched non-conference foe, another easy win for Kentucky at Rupp Arena.
Erik Daniels scored eight of his 12 points in the first half as No. 21 Kentucky cruised to its easiest win of the season, a 94-63 rout of Alcorn State.
Chuck Hayes scored 15 points for the Wildcats (8-3), who continue to tune up for the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule. On Monday, they rolled to a 28-point victory over Tennessee State.
"I think we're coming together really well," Hayes said. "We're starting to realize that if we come together as a team and do what coach wants, teams will respect us a lot more."
The Wildcats never trailed, scoring the first nine points. They led by as many as 39 points as they appeared to respond to a tough practice run by coach Tubby Smith on Wednesday.
"Going through the techniques, we broke down the defense and just went over the basic fundamentals of guarding the ball - having active hands, your feet in good position, closing on shooters," Smith said.
The players saw things a bit differently.
"That was the hardest practice I've had in a while," said freshman guard Kelenna Azubuike, who scored eight points. "Coach said he wanted us to play with intensity and I think it really played a part in the way we came out tonight."
"It was a classic, that's all I can really say," Hayes said. "We ran sprints and coach was just really tough on us."
That made things easy against Alcorn State. Kentucky shot 52 percent (34-of-65) from the field and forced 28 turnovers. All 15 players saw action, with no one playing more than 24 minutes. Everyone except walk-on Matt Heissenbuttel scored.
Kentucky plays Ohio in Cincinnati on Saturday before beginning SEC play on Wednesday at Tennessee.
"I've got a lot of people coming to see me play," said Daniels, a native of Cincinnati. "I just want to go out there and play hard for them."
Lee Cook scored 15 points for Alcorn State (2-10), which was facing Kentucky for the first time.
In the first half, Kentucky shot 53 percent (17-of-32) and held Alcorn State to 31 percent (11-of-36) in building a 44-28 lead.
"I thought our guards got a little intimidated and the Wildcats got off to a fast start and we couldn't recover," Braves coach Davey Whitney said. "We've had the same ailment all year long, our turnovers."
Whitney fell to 553-347 all-time, including 498-283 at Alcorn. He is from Midway, Kentucky and attended Dunbar High School in Lexington. He graduated from Kentucky State in 1952 and used to sit in on the practices of legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp.
"That's one of the main reasons we scheduled this game, to get coach Whitney back home here with this team," Smith said. "I've always been impressed with him. His teams are very organized. They're an extension of him. They exhibit a great deal of sportsmanship. He's no nonsense, and you see the same thing in his players."
Cliff Hawkins scored eight points and fellow reserve Jules Camara added seven for the Wildcats, who held a 52-30 advantage in points in the paint and scored 27 points off turnovers.
DeAndre Jones and Tory Harris scored 10 points each for the Braves.