Men's Basketball

AUG. 10, 2022


FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 108, Dominican Republic National Select Team 56

  • This was Kentucky’s first exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will play three additional games during the tour.
  • The Wildcats return to the Baha Mar Grand Ballroom court on Friday vs. Tech de Monterrey (Mexico). That game will tip at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.
  • UK improved to 10-1 in the Bahamas foreign tours. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their first foreign tour in the Bahamas in 2014 and 4-0 in their second stint in 2018. 9-1
  • Kentucky is 141-12 all-time in exhibition games and has won 20 straight. UK is 38-1 in exhibition contests under head coach John Calipari.


First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Sahvir Wheeler, Antonio Reeves, Jacob Toppin, Daimion Collins and Oscar Tshiebwe.
  • Toppin scored the first points of the trip with a pair of free throws after snaring an offensive rebound on the Cats’ first offensive possession.
  • Chris Livingston, Cason Wallace and Lance Ware were UK’s first subs. They entered at the 16:07 mark.
  • UK jumped out to a 9-5 lead at the first media timeout. Collins drained an outside jumper, Reeves hit a 3-pointer and Tshiebwe converted a hook-shot off a Wheeler entry pass in the spurt.
  • Kentucky’s defense flustered the Dominicans into four early turnovers before the first media timeout.
  • Collins electrified the crowd with a thunderous slam and a traditional 3-point play to move the score to 23-13 with 8:43 to play.
  • Adou Thiero and CJ Fredrick made their debut at the 5:52 mark. Thiero promptly swiped a steal and made a fastbreak dunk.
  • A 3-pointer by Livingston lifted the Cats to a 20-point edge, but the Dominicans made a jumper just before halftime for the break’s margin of 43-25.
  • UK’s defense registered seven blocked shots and eight steals, while forcing the Dominicans into 11 first-half turnovers.
  • Nine of Kentucky’s 10 players scored in the half, paced by nine from Reeves who made a trio of 3s.
  • Livingston led the way on the boards with six, but the Dominicans owned a 20-18 edge in the category.


Second-Half Story

  • Wallace, Fredrick, Livingston, Collins and Ware opened the second half.
  • The Cats began the half on a 9-0 run and forced the Dominicans into a timeout. Fredrick found Livingston for a corner 3, followed by dunks from Ware, Collins and Wallace.
  • Wallace was the first Cat to reach double-figure scoring with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 16:47 to play.
  • A steal and 360-dunk by Toppin was followed by a swipe and lay in from Wheeler to push the lead to 33 at 75-42 with 10:07 to go.
  • A traditional 3-point play from Tshiebwe off a nice feed from Collins lifted Kentucky to a 95-52 lead with 4:18 remaining.
  • Brennan Canada made his first appearance with 4:18 to go.
  • A dunk from Tshiebwe put the Cats over the century mark with 2:09 to play.
  • Kareem Watkins entered the game at the 3:43 mark, while Grant Darybshire and Walker Horn checked in at the 2:04 mark.
  • Tshiebwe led all scorers with 13 in the second half. Collins had 10 and Wallace chipped in with nine.
  • Following a 3-pointer from Canada, UK had its biggest lead at 52 points with 29 seconds to play.
  • Kentucky shot 26-41 (63.4%) in the second half and registered three blocks and five steals.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky used its size to good advantage, outrebounding the Dominicans 43-35 and winning points in the paint, 56-20.
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures.
  • Kentucky scored 23 points off turnovers and had 30 fastbreak points.
  • UK had 10 blocks, compared with three for the Dominican National Team.
  • UK dished out 28 assists and had just five turnovers.
    • Six players registered three or more assists.
  • The Wildcats shot well from all parts of the floor.
    • UK was 42-74 (56.5) from the floor.
    • Kentucky connected on 11-26 (42.3%) from long range.
    • The Cats shot 13-14 (92.9%) at the free-throw line.


Player Notes

  • Oscar Tshiebwe led all scorers with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. He was 8 of 11 from the floor.
    • He also contributed six rebounds and a steal.
  • Daimion Collins had an all-around game with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.
    • Had it been a regular-season game, Collins’ point total and assists would have been career highs.
  • Cason Wallace contributed 15 points and a team-high 26 minutes of action.
    • Wallace also had five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
  • Antonio Reeves sunk four 3-pointers and tallied 12 points.
    • It would have marked the 22nd time in his career he made at least three 3-pointers.
  • Chris Livingston was the sixth Wildcat to reach double-digit scoring. He contributed in a variety of ways with three 3-pointers, a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.
  • Jacob Toppin chipped in with eight points and a team-high three steals.
  • Adou Thiero was a menace defensively with three blocks and two steals. He also tallied seven points and three assists on the offensive end.
  • Brennan Canada sank a pair of late 3-pointers. Had it been a regular-season game, it would have been his first made 3-pointer and a career high in points.


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