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Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs Dominican Republic

Kentucky led for the entire second half until the final 30 seconds of play.

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  • finishes the Bahamas tour with a 5-1 record after suffering its first defeat of the trip today.
  • Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 7-1 in exhibition contests in the era.
  • Assistant coach served as Kentucky's head coach in today's contest.
  • Kentucky shot 50.8 percent from the field in the six contests.
  • Nine of 11 players who appeared in the contest scored in today's game. UK had at least nine players score in all six games this week.
  • Kentucky had 108 assists on 183 made field goals in the tournament.

First Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of , Aaron Harrison, , and Alex Poythress in all six games.
  • Kentucky's first subs off the bench remained the same with the squad of Dominique Hawkins, , Karl-Anthony Towns, and .
  • A 9-3 run by the Dominican's lifts the designated visitors to a 19-17 advantage midway through the half.
  • Kentucky trailed by as many as seven at 24-17, which was also the largest deficit in all six games in the Bahamas.
  • UK's second unit utilized a 13-3 run to cap the stanza which was by a Ulis running floater before the buzzer to give Kentucky a 36-29 lead at the break.
  • Ulis led the scoring for Kentucky in the opening half with 10 points for his second straight double-digit performance. He also had a pair of assists and a steal.
  • Towns and Lee led the rebounding effort with three apiece, while Ulis and Hawkins both had two assists.
  • Poythress, Towns and Willis all had eight first half points to aid the Wildcat cause.

Second Half Facts

  • UK began the second half with its original starting lineup for the first time this tournament.
  • Kentucky led for the entire second half until the final 30 seconds of play.
  • UK held a 59-46 lead with under nine minutes to play.
  • The Dominican Republic utilized a 17-3 run over the final eight minutes of action to earn the victory on a less than five-second made field goal by Jack Michael Martinez.
  • Aaron Harrison had six second-half points to lead the scoring for the Wildcats.
  • Ulis posted three assists in the half.
  • Johnson had eight of his nine rebounds in the final stanza.

Individual Notes

  • Dominique Hawkins scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor.
    • Connected on his second 3-pointer of the tournament
    • Hit 42.9 percent of his field goals in the six games
  • Dakari Johnson led the team with nine rebounds and had five points.
    • Had a team-high 44 rebounds for the tournament
    • Also posted a squad-best 16 offensive rebounds in the six contests
  • Karl-Anthony Towns logged 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
    • Also added three blocks, a tournament-high for any UK player
    • Averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week
  • Tyler Ulis scored in double-figures with a team-high 12 points while also dishing out five assists.
    • Scored in double-digits in two straight contests
    • Notched 24 assists in the six games for an average of four a game
    • Averaged 7.7 points and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc for the tournament with a squad-equaling high of nine 3-pointers
  • Derek Willis poured in 10 points and snagged three rebounds
    • All four of his made field goals came by way of a dunk, he also had two made free throws
    • Scored 36 points in the six contests

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