Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs Puerto Rico National Team Reserves

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  • This is Kentucky’s second international trip under John Calipari. previously visited Canada in the summer of 2010.
  • was 3-0 under Calipari during the 2010 summer exhibition tour.
  • The Wildcats return to action on Monday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. ET. will take on Champagne Chalons-Reims from France in its second game in the six-game week in the Bahamas.
  • Kentucky finished the game with 20 assists and 11 steals.
  • Ten players logged at least 15 minutes and scored at least two points.
  • won the battle of the boards with a 38-31 advantage. Kentucky benefited from 28 defensive rebounds.
  • Puerto Rico shot just 33 percent from the floor, while shot an impressive 48 percent.

First Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, and Alex Poythress.
  • Poythress won the opening tip.
  • Puerto Rico scored the game’s first basket.
  • ’s first subs of the contest were the second unit of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Derek Willis.
  • UK alternated between the lineups with each unit playing around five minutes of game time before turning to the next squad of five.
  • Poythress started strong with three quick offensive rebounds.
  • Kentucky utilized a 10-2 run to close the half.
  • The Wildcats owned a 38-31 lead at the break.
  • had eight first half points to lead all scorers. Poythress led the squad with four rebounds.

Second Half Facts

  • UK began the second half with Hawkins, Lee, Towns, Ulis and Willis in the lineup. That unit opened the half on a 6-0 run.
  • The first three baskets of the stanza were aided by assists.
  • Kentucky did not let up with the original starting five stretching the opening run to 16-2.
  • UK grabbed its largest lead with 42.1 seconds remaining at 74-49.
  • again led the scoring with seven second-half points. Lee and Towns both had six and Willis contributed five.

Individual Notes

  • Devin Booker scored nine points in his first collegiate action.
    • Hit the team’s first 3-pointer.
  • Aaron Harrison had a game-high 15 points.
    • Scored in every way possible with at least one 3-pointer, dunk, jump shot, lay-up and free throw.
  • Marcus Lee poured in nine points and added six rebounds.
    • Tied several teammates for a team-high two steals.
    • Connected on 67 percent of his shots from the field.
  • Alex Poythress logged 10 points and added six rebounds.
    • Was active on the boards with a squad-high three offensive snags.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scored 10 points and added a team-best seven rebounds.
    • Hit both of his free throws.
  • Derek Willis had five second half points and added two steals and a pair of assists.
    • Ignited the second half rally with an opening backdoor alley-oop dunk from Towns.
  • Tyler Ulis dished out a team-high five assists.
    • Scored two points.
    • Added a pair of steals.