Karl-Anthony Towns

Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns scores against Hampton during the first half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Freshman center Karl Anthony Towns scored a team-high 21 points to lead the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats to a 79-56 win over the No. 16 seed Hampton University Pirates in the round of 64 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 19 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kentucky advanced to face No. 8 seed Cincinnati in the Midwest region quarterfinals on March 21.

Hampton managed to keep the score respectable early, despite facing a huge disadvantage in size and talent in comparison to Kentucky. The Pirates even momentarily held a short lead over the Wildcats during the first few minutes of the game. But Kentucky slowly and steadily built upon its lead over Hampton throughout the first half, and was up by nearly 20 points at the half.

Kentucky outscored Hampton by just four points in the second half, but that was all they needed to maintain a comfortable lead.

Three other players for Kentucky joined Towns with double digits in points, including sophomore guard Andrew Harrison, who had 14 points. Senior guard Quinton Chievous scored a game-high 22 points for Hampton, which ended its season with a 16-17 overall record.