Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs Pikeville (exhibition)

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  • This was ’s first exhibition game of the season.
  • is 52-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games and has won 23 in a row.
  • Pikeville has played one official game already, a 100-63 win over Grace Bible College. The Bears are picked as the preseason No. 2 team in NAIA Division I.
  • ’s next exhibition game is Sunday Nov. 9 vs. Georgetown College at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats officially open the season Nov. 14 at home vs. Grand Canyon.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Kentucky jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed.
  • Pikeville kept it close and trailed only 35-28 midway through the half when went on a 21-0 run to make it 56-28.
  • went to halftime ahead 67-40 as all 10 Wildcats who played in the first half also scored.

Second-Half Story

  • eclipsed the century mark, 101-60, on a layup by Dakari Johnson with 8:22 to play.
  • ’s largest lead was 49 points at 114-65.
  • finished with a 116-68 victory.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot 65.3 percent from the field.
  • The Wildcats won the rebounding 49-28.
  • piled up 29 assists, led by nine from Andrew Harrison.
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures although no player saw more than 20 minutes of action.
  • Kentucky’s “second platoon” was comprised of Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, and Dakari Johnson.

Individual Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wildcats with 22 points, including 10 of 11 from the field.
  • Also tallying double figures were Devin Booker (16 points), Dakari Johnson (13), Alex Poythress (12), Trey Lyles (11) and Willie Cauley-Stein (10).
  • K.K. Simmons of Pikeville led all scorers with 28 points, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.