WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) - Kentucky won its second exhibition game
in Canada despite having a limited roster.
The Wildcats, with just eight players available Monday night,
still managed to turn up the defensive pressure in a 96-68 victory
over Western (Ontario) University.
Kentucky started its three-day, three-game exhibition tour
without 6-foot-11 forwards Enes Kanter (awaiting NCAA clearance)
and Eloy Vargas (academics). Forward Terrence Jones, a 6-8
freshman, scored four points in the first half of Sunday's opening
win over Windsor but left after seeming to aggravate a shoulder
injury. Without Jones, who was on the bench in street clothes, the
Wildcats had no player taller than 6-7.
The school announced Monday that Jones was taken for an MRI in
Detroit, and he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of a rib,
which was causing the shoulder pain. He is expected to be available
once the Wildcats begin individual workouts in about a month.
Doron Lamb led Kentucky with 24 points, while Darius Miller
added 20 and Brandon Knight had 17 points and 12 assists.
Kentucky used its full-court pressure defense to turn a close
game into a blowout quickly, forcing 27 turnovers.
The Wildcats led by five points with less than 2 minutes
remaining in the first half, then turned it into 23-point lead 7
minutes into the second half.
Final Score Kentucky 96, Western Ontario 68
This is Kentucky’s first international exhibition tour since August of 1995.
This is UK’s first ever trip to Canada.
Kentucky improved to 2-0 on its Canadian tour. The Wildcats defeated Windsor in their
Kentucky will play again tomorrow vs. Windsor at 11:00 a.m. ET. The game will be
televised on the Big Blue Network as well as Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Ohio. The
game will also be streamed live on UKathletics.com.
The Wildcats started Darius Miller, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and
Darius Miller won the opening tip for the Wildcats. Miller has jumped center in both
games for the Cats.
Josh Harrellson scored the game’s opening points, hitting two free throws.
Stacey Poole, Jr. was the first Wildcat sub on the evening.
The Wildcats carried a 48-37 lead into halftime.
Miller led the Cats in the first frame with 13 points, while Knight dished out seven assists
and Harrellson blocked four shots.
UK finished the first half shooting 53.1 pct. (17-32); however the UK defense allowed
the Mustangs 48.3 pct. (14-29) from the field.
Second half starters for UK were Darius Miller, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, DeAndre
Liggins and Josh Harrellson.
The Wildcats shot 51.5 pct. (17-33) in the second half, while holding the Mustangs to
45.0 pct. (9-20).
In the two exhibition games the UK defense has yet to yield more than nine field goals in
the second half.
After committing 10 turnovers in the first half, UK only turned the ball over four times in
the second frame.
Kentucky had five players score in double digits, led by Doron Lamb’s game-high 24
points. Also scoring in double figures was Darius Miller (20), Brandon Knight (17), Josh
Harrellson (12) and DeAndre Liggins (11).
Knight finished with 17 points and is averaging 24.0 ppg during the Canadian tour.
Knight posted a double-double with 17 points to go along with 12 assists.
Knight also had only three turnovers while dishing out 12 assists. His current
asst/turnover ratio for the two games is 16/3.
Harrellson blocked six shots and now has 11 total blocks in two games.
Miller tallied five blocks and has seven in two games.
The Wildcats are averaging 95.5 ppg in two games, while holding the opposition to 65
points. UK’s average margin of victory in two games is 27.5.
For the second straight game, UK committed only 14 turnovers, despite their faster paced
For the second straight game, the Wildcats played all available players.
The Wildcat dunk totals for the Canadian tour stand at: Jon Hood 3, Darius Miller 3, Josh
Harrellson 1, Brandon Knight 1 and Stacey Poole, Jr. 1.