FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 106, Centre 63
This was the third of Kentucky’s three exhibition games this season.
Kentucky leads the countable series vs. Centre 18-10. UK won the last 11 meetings, the final of which occurred on Feb. 13, 1929.
Kentucky returns to the court Friday, Nov. 10 as the Wildcats play host to Utah Valley. The game is at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Kevin Knox. UK used three different starting lineups in the three exhibitions.
Green opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and the Wildcats never trailed.
Leading 10-6, UK went on a 10-0 run for a 20-6 lead.
Kentucky closed the half with a 24-2 run and took a 52-24 lead into intermission.
Centre opened the second half with a 10-4 spurt, narrowing the score to 56-34. That was as close the Colonels got in the second stanza.
Kentucky hit the century mark with a Nick Richards foul shot with 2:19 remaining.
Kentucky coasted to the final score of 106-63.
Kentucky used its size to good advantage, outrebounding Centre 52-17 and winning points in the paint, 56-22.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures tonight.
Kentucky shot the ball well, 61.5 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point land.
In UK’s three exhibition games, the Cats shot 57.1 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from 3-point land and 72.5 percent at the foul line.
Kevin Knox notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Knox led UK in scoring during the exhibitions with a 19.3 average.
Wenyen Gabriel led all scorers tonight with 20 points.
He was the team’s leading rebounding during the exhibitions, averaging 8.3 per game.
Quade Green totaled 18 points and a game-high five assists.
During the exhibitions, Green shot 69.6 percent from the field (16 of 23), 63.6 percent on 3-pointers (7 of 11) and 88.9 percent at the foul line (8 of 9).
Nick Richards enjoyed a perfect shooting night, making all six field goals and all five free throws for 17 points.
Richards shot a sizzling 85.7 percent in the exhibition games (12 of 14) while making all seven free throws.
PJ Washington completed tonight’s double-figure scoring with 10 points while also blocking three shots.
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