LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Gerald Fitch scored 25 of his career-high 36 points in the first half, leading ninth-ranked Kentucky to a 108-81 victory over Tennessee Tech.
Fitch, who made 14-of-20 shots, helped the Wildcats spoil the homecoming of Tennessee Tech coach Mike Sutton, who was an assistant at Kentucky from 1997-2002.
Kentucky (2-0) opened a 50-35 halftime lead before steadily pulling away to improve to 3-0 all-time against Tennessee Tech.
"I had confidence in myself, like always," said Fitch, who made 5-of-11 3-pointers. "Everything was basic. I didn't feel like Michael Jordan out there. When I get in a groove, I shoot the ball. Tonight, I just got into one of those grooves."
"Gerald was on tonight," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith added. "His shot is no longer broken - he fixed it. I thought during the game he may have taken some questionable shots. He improved his shot selection and that's why he was able to make more shots."
All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats, with Cliff Hawkins and Chuck Hayes recording double-doubles. Hawkins registered 17 points and 11 assists and Hayes finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Willie Jenkins and Keyon Boyd scored 18 points apiece for the Golden Eagles (2-1), who suffered their first loss of the season.
"When you play a team of this caliber, you have to be ready to play for 40 minutes," Sutton said. "Our kids did some good things in spots, and they took advantage of our mistakes."
The Golden Eagles stayed close for awhile, closing to 20-16 on Boyd's jumper with 9:52 remaining, but Kentucky responded with a 20-9 spurt, taking a 40-25 lead on Fitch's three-point play with 3:59 remaining.
"At the end of the first half I felt that we got a little fatigued at times," Tennessee Tech guard Cameron Crisp said. "Tonight, we were unable to find the transition from play to play and that really hurt us tonight."
The Golden Eagles climbed within 78-69 on Jenkins' jumper with 8:59 to play, but Kentucky put away the contest with an 8-0 spurt.
"The way they pushed the ball up, we have to take our hats off to Tennessee Tech," Hawkins said. "They came in and played us hard."
Kentucky shot just under 52 percent (40-of-77) while Tennessee Tech shot 49 percent (32-of-65). However, the Wildcats scored 35 points off turnovers, compared to just 12 for the Golden Eagles.