LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Rajon Rondo rang up 13 points, five rebounds and five assists Friday night to lead 20th-ranked Kentucky over Iona, 73-67.
Joe Crawford added 12 points, Rekalin Sims scored 11 while Patrick Sparks registered eight assists and five boards and hit a key three-pointer late in the game for the Wildcats (8-3), who have won three of their last four games.
Steve Burtt scored a game-high 23 points and Ricky Soliver had 19 points and six assists for the Gales (7-1), who despite the loss, are off to their best start since the 1984-85 season.
UK out-rebounded Iona by a 36-26 margin. Kentucky won despite committing 17 turnovers to 12 for the Gaels.
Kentucky led, 34-26, at the break.