Team Records and Series Notes
This was the 11th season the Blue-White Game was played in Rupp Arena.
Tonight’s attendance of 15,377 was the third highest in program history for the Blue-White Game. The 2016 crowd of 16,089 is the highest.
The teams combined to shoot 79.4 percent from the floor (123 of 155). The Blue Team shot a combined 57.7 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. The White Team was 50.6 percent from the floor but 33.3 percent from long range.
The teams combined for 73 total rebounds with 26 coming by way of offensive snags.
Kentucky returns to the court Oct. 26 with the first of two exhibition games. UK’s first tune-up will be against Transylvania at 7 p.m. and will air on the SEC Network.
The regular season begins Nov. 6 with a neutral court date vs. Duke at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN as part of the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
In the First Half
The Blue team’s starting lineup consisted of sophomores Quade Green, Nick Richards and PJ Washington along with freshmen Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson.
The White team opened with graduate transfer Reid Travis, redshirt freshman Jemarl Baker Jr., and freshmen EJ Montgomery, Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans.
Montgomery opened the game with a block on defense and then an eight-foot jumper on the other end for the game’s first points.
Blue’s first bucket came on an alley-oop from Green to Richards.
At the first media timeout, Blue was out in front by an 11-6 margin thanks to a 7-0 run over a 1:55 stretch.
Out of the timeout, White went on a 6-0 run capped by a Herro steal and flush to go ahead 12-11.
After Blue got a seven-point lead at 27-20, White stormed back with a layup from Travis and a 3-pointer from Herro to trim the lead to just two with 7:41 to go in the half.
Out of the timeout, Travis sunk a midrange shot to knot things at 27, extending White’s run to 7-0.
Richards answered on the other end with a drive and slam to get to 12 points in the opening frame.
Montgomery was the second player on either team to reach double figures in scoring with a traditional and-one to tie the score at 33 with 5:29 to play.
At the final media timeout of the first half, Blue led 40-39. Johnson and Richards both had 12 points for Blue, while Montgomery and Herro led White with 11 apiece.
White led Blue at half by a 52-51 score. Travis led all scorers with 16 points and also paced the White squad with seven boards.
Johnson was Blue’s leading scorer at 15 points. Richards was the team’s top rebounder with seven snares.
In the Second Half
After intermission the squads changed up. The veteran group of Baker, Travis, Green, Washington and Richards comprised the Blue team.
The White team was freshmen Montgomery, Johnson, Herro, Quickley and Hagans.
Montgomery sunk two free throws to open the half’s scoring. Green quickly answered with a make off an offensive rebound on the other end.
Blue outscored White 13-6 through at the opening media timeout. Green and Travis both had four points apiece for Blue, while Montgomery had four points for White.
Travis sunk a 3-pointer with 15:24 to go to push his point total for the game to 23 points.
The veterans strung together a 14-0 run to get Blue’s lead to 23-6 in the second half and 74-58 for the game.
Washington drained a 3-pointer from the wing to help Blue get in front by a 28-13 margin at the 11:42 mark. It pushed his team-high point total to 10 for the second half.
Washington remained a perfect 8 for 8 from the floor in the second half with a put back lay in following an offensive rebound to give the Blue team a 39-23 lead with 7:22 remaining.
Blue eventually won the half by a 53-44 margin. Washington finished with 19 points and Travis had 11 points and six boards. Herro poured in 21 points for the White team off 8-of-9 shooting.
Tyler Herro scored a game-high 32 points with four 3-pointers.
He poured in 21 points after halftime.
He also had a team-high four steals.
Reid Travis finished with a double-double, combining for 27 points and 13 rebounds.
He shot 13 of 17 (76.5 percent) from the floor and also knocked down his lone 3-point attempt.
PJ Washington totaled 23 points, four rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block.
He scored 19 points after halftime and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the field.
Nick Richards posted 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
Seven of those boards came on the offensive end.
He also swatted a team-best five shots.
EJ Montgomery scored 21 points and also had eight rebounds.
He shot a perfect 3 for 3 from the charity stripe.
Quade Green scored 17 points and narrowly missed on a double-double with a game-high nine assists.