College Basketball – UK Wildcats open Exhibition with trouncing of Ottawa

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Kentucky Men’s Basketball, Ottawa at Kentucky / Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.,  / Nov. 2, 2015 / Attendance: 20,743

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 117, Ottawa 58


 This was the first of Kentucky’s two exhibition games this season.

 Kentucky is 54-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 25 in a row, including 13-0 under

Coach John Calipari.

 Kentucky returns to the court Friday as the Wildcats play host to Kentucky State. The game is at 6

p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

 The regular season tips off Fri. Nov. 13 as UK hosts Albany in the opening game of the Naismith

Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

First-Half Facts

 Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Marcus Lee and Skal

Labissiere.

 Kentucky tallied the first 13 points of the game, scoring on the first six possessions, in the opening

2:06 of the game.

 Ottawa got on the board with a 3-pointer by Marshon Norfleet at 17:26.

 Alex Poythress was the game’s first substitute and he entered to a hearty ovation from the Wildcat

faithful. Two possessions later he canned a 3-pointer from the left wing.

 Kentucky led by as many as 35 points at 55-20. The Wildcats settled for a 67-35 advantage at

intermission.

Second-Half Story

 Kentucky hit the century mark with 5:12 left in the game on an offensive rebound and putback by

Alex Poythress, making the score 101-50.

 E.J. Floreal capped the scoring with a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, giving UK its largest lead

of 59 points and the final score of 117-58.

Player Notes

 Jamal Murray led the Wildcats with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Murray also had nine assists,

narrowly missing a triple-double.

 The only triple-double in Kentucky history was by Chris Mills, who had 19 points, 10

rebounds and 10 assists against Austin Peay on Dec. 27, 1988.

 Tyler Ulis also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Ulis made 4-of-5 on his 3-point

shots.

 Six Wildcats scored in double figures – Murray 22, Skal Labissiere 18, Ulis 17, Isaiah Briscoe 11,

Marcus Lee 10 and Derek Willis 10.

 Marshon Norfleet led Ottawa with 20 points.