Jamal Murray flirts with triple-double in exhibition opener

Jamal Murray - photo by Walter Cornett
Jamal Murray - photo by Walter Cornett
Jamal Murray – photo by Walter Cornett

Kentucky freshman guard Jamal Murray, in his collegiate debut, nearly did what has only been done once in Kentucky basketball history.

While it wouldn’t have counted in the record books due to it only being an exhibition game, the highly regarded rookie out of Kitchener, Ontario, finished one assist shy of a triple-double, logging 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. After the game, his head coach said he made a mistake grabbing all those boards.

“Let me explain to you,” John Calipari said. “He hadn’t done that (rebounded) in any practice. Like, it’s a mistake that he did it because if he doesn’t rebound now, I’m going to be all over him.”

The one and only triple-double in Kentucky men’s basketball history occurred more than eight years before Murray was born. The 6-foot-4 guard scored in a variety of ways against the overmatched Braves, made plays for his teammates and also did some dirty work en route to leading the Wildcats to a 117-58 victory.

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