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Wildcats Win First Exhibition 80 to 53
What a great sports weekend in Lexington! On Saturday the Big Blue Nation got to witness their football team demolish the Missouri Tigers and on Sunday night they got to see their basketball team in the first exhibition game of the season.
The University of Kentucky invited our neighbors to the north, Georgetown Tigers, into Rupp for a Sunday evening showdown. The Tigers, who are the defending NAIA Champions, are coached by former UK Manager Chris Briggs. Playing on the Rupp Arena court is a special experience for the Georgetown players because nine of the players are from the state of Kentucky and they grew up dreaming of playing here.
After losing the tip, it didn’t take long for the Wildcats to take charge. They scored the first eleven points of the game and it took nearly four minutes before the Tigers scored their first points on a lay-up by Chris Coffey. Immanuel Quickley played a terrific first half making his first 3 three-point field goals and scoring 12 points. Kentucky held Georgetown to 29% shooting, however, they didn’t have an answer for Jake Ohmer who scored 15 of the Tiger’s 25 first half points. The Wildcats took the lead into the locker room 43 to 25.
Early in the second half the crowd went silent when Nick Richards fell the court holding his ankle. He stayed in the locker the rest of the game. The Tigers used his absence to put together a nice 8-point run cutting a 20-point lead down to only 12. The Wildcats recovered with a 12-point run of their own to extinguish any thoughts of a comeback. Kentucky won the game 80 to 50.
Kentucky’s player of the game was Ashton Hagans whom had 14 points and 6 assists. Nate Sestina led the Cats with 10 rebounds. It was an impressive performance by Georgetown’s Jake Ohmer who ended the game with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
Kentucky plays their final exhibition game of the season Friday night against Kentucky State at 7 pm. The season officially starts in New York on November 5th when the Cats take on Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic.
- Kahlil Whitney was the only Wildcat that played that didn’t score. He went 0 for 5 from the field.
- Cats shot only 65% from the free-throw line.
- Georgetown won the rebound battle 45 to 39.
Kentucky had 8 blocks and 9 steals.