LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- After nearly a month away from home, Kentucky had no trouble feeling right at home at Rupp Arena.
Gerald Fitch scored 26 points as the top-ranked Wildcats used a blistering shooting performance to run their regular-season winning streak to 27 games with a 101-72 rout of Eastern Kentucky.
The Wildcats' leading scorer, Fitch made 10-of-16 shots from the floor, including five 3-pointers. He scored 21 points after halftime when the game already was in hand.
Cliff Hawkins added 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting for the Wildcats (7-0), who were back at Rupp Arena for the first time since a 108-81 rout of Tennessee Tech on November 28.
Kentucky was on fire all night, shooting 64 percent (43-of-67). The Wildcats made 11 of their first 13 shots in a 29-6 run in less than seven minutes to start the second half as they built a 77-40 cushion.
"We shot the ball well tonight," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "We played unselfishly and passed the ball well. When you combine that with making shots, we're pretty good."
It also was a big night for Wildcats forward Erik Daniels, who collected 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Kentucky had 28 assists, many coming in transition.
"It was a fun game," Daniels said. "We played our type of basketball, got easy baskets - everybody had fun."
Michael Haney netted 17 points to lead Eastern Kentucky (3-4), which is coached by Travis Ford, who led the Wildcats to the Final Four as a player in 1993.
"I thought we competed well as a team," Ford said. "Everything we did poorly was because of what Kentucky did to us. They forced us into turnovers and bad shots. Kentucky is a great team. They have no weaknesses that I can see. When they shoot like that they are a fun team to watch."
The Colonels shot 42 percent (25-of-60) and committed 25 turnovers, including seven by point guard Mike Scott.