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JULY 16, 2023

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 89, Canada 72

  • This was Kentucky’s fourth and final exhibition game of the GLOBL JAM FIBA event, with the Cats winning gold at the four-team event.
  • Kentucky is 150-12 all-time in exhibition games and has won 29 straight. UK is 47-1 in exhibition contests under head coach John Calipari.

First-Quarter Facts

  • Kentucky started the combination of D.J. WagnerAntonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell for the second time in the event after the group started the opener against Germany.
  • Behind a pair of Mitchell 3-pointers and a trio of Canada turnovers, UK opened up a 13-7 lead it would never relinquish less than five minutes into the contest.
  • After a pair of Canada free throws, Kentucky went on a 12-2 run over a 2:45 spurt, using eight points from Edwards, to make it a 25-11 contest.
  • Rob Dillingham was the Cats’ first substitution at the 4:26 mark of the opening quarter.
  • The Canadians notched a 3-point play in the final minute as the Wildcats took a 25-14 advantage into the break.
  • UK held Canada to 5-for-14 from the field in the opening quarter while forcing seven Canadian turnovers.

Second-Quarter Story

  • A 10-4 Canada spurt over the opening 3:20 of the second quarter cut the Wildcat advantage to five at 29-24 before a Reeves 3-pointer ended the run.
  • A pair of free throws from Reeves stretched the UK advantage to 39-29 at the 4:22 mark but Canada scored the next five to make it a 39-34 contest with 3:00 remaining.
  • The two teams exchanged baskets before combining to miss eight straight shots before back-to-back buckets on the break from Reed Sheppard and Edwards made it a 45-36 game with 34 seconds remaining.
  • Canada connected on a free throw and a fast-break layup to trim the Kentucky lead to 45-39 at the half.
  • Edwards led the Cats with 17 points and tied for the team lead on the boards with Mitchell at four.
  • Mitchell scored 10 while Reeves added nine for Kentucky, which shot 50% (18-for-36) in the opening 20 minutes.
  • Kentucky recorded an assist on 14 of 18 first-half field goals.
  • UK went 4-for-5 from the charity stripe in the opening half while Canada went 8-for-13.

Third-Quarter Tidbits

  • The Cats opened the second half with the starters on the floor.
  • A Canada 3-pointer made it a 49-44 contest just over two minutes into the second half but a 3-pointer from Wagner followed by a beautiful tip-in dunk from Edwards pushed the UK lead right back to 54-44 at the 7:00 mark.
  • The Kentucky advantage stood at just six at 58-52 after a Canada 3-pointer with 3:42 left in the period but the Cats would outscore Canada 14-1 the rest of the way to hold a 72-53 lead after three.
  • After a pair of baskets each by Jordan Burks and Mitchell, Dillingham capped the run with a 4-point play and then a deep 2-pointer in the closing seconds.

Fourth-Quarter Findings 

  • Canada scored the opening four points of the final quarter, but the Cats bounced right back with a corner 3 from Reeves followed by an Edwards dunk on the break to push the lead to a game-high 20 at 77-57 with 8:18 to play.
  • The Canadians went on an 8-2 spurt over the next 3:57 to make it 79-65 but a pair of Reeves treys put that to an end as the Cats breezed to the 17-point victory.
  • Brennan Canada made his first appearance of the tournament in the final two minutes.

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky led by at least 16 points in every game of the event and by at least 20 in each of the final three.
  • The Cats shot 50% (37-for-74) from the field and 40% (10-for-25) from deep.
    • Kentucky connected on 44 made 3-pointers for the event.
  • Kentucky assisted on 26 of 37 made field goals and led for 37:51 of the contest.
  • For the tournament, UK had a 74-46 advantage in points off turnovers.

Player Notes 

  • Justin Edwards led the Cats with 23 points to go along with seven rebounds.
    • UK was plus-20 with him on the floor.
  • Antonio Reeves was named tournament’s most valuable player, connecting on four 3-pointers while scoring 18 points in the final.
    • Reeves averaged 23 points per game and shot 56.3% (18-for-32) from deep in the event.
  • Tre Mitchell notched the Cats’ first double-double of the tournament with 18 points and 11 rebounds in addition to five assists.
    • Mitchell also grabbed a team-best 31 rebounds while dishing out 18 assists over the four games.
  • D.J. Wagner went for 13 points and a game-high six assists.

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