LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Chuck Hayes helped make Georgia State's first meeting with No. 8 Kentucky more than a little uncomfortable.
Hayes scored 14 of his season-high 16 points in the first half and led four players in double figures as the Wildcats knocked off Georgia State, 77-59.
Hayes made his first five shots and scored 12 of Kentucky's first 15 points. He helped spark a 16-5 run to give the Wildcats (3-0) a 22-13 edge.
"Since the last game, Coach Smith has put an emphasis on us playing inside," Hayes said. "We wanted to get inside, to play inside out. And that's what we did."
Later in the half, Rajon Rando and Kelenna Azubuike brought the fans to their feet with consecutive dunks, guiding Kentucky to a 38-23 lead at the break.
Azubuike scored 12 points of his 16 points during a 22-3 run to start the second half, as Kentucky pulled away, 60-26.
"He was standing still in the first half and not being very active," Wildcats coach Tubby Smith said. "We wanted to get him more shots in the second half and the guys started looking for him. He put the ball on the floor and started taking shorter jump shots instead of the three."
Rando and Randolph Morris had 14 points apiece in the contest, while Morris, Hayes and Azubuike each grabbed nine rebounds.
Georgia State (1-2) hit 12 3-pointers, but gave up 46 points in the paint. Marcus Brown scored 16 points and Kevin Thomas had 12, including the Panthers' first eight of the contest.
"They showed how well they can play as a team," Brown said. "I was very impressed with their entire team's defensive efforts. Even towards the end of the game, their defense was still strong."
"This was a tremendous opportunity for our kids to play on the big stage of college basketball," Panthers coach Michael Perry said. "I thought our kids competed. We lost focus there for awhile and had to get refocused and compete with that team."