UK Basketball Downs Centre College In Final Exhibition Game

11/03/2017 09:09 PM

With a starting line-up of Quade Green, P.J. Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Wildcats defeated Centre College in Rupp Arena 106-63 Friday night in their final exhibition. The Wildcats never trailed in the game.

At halftime it was sophomore Wenyen Gabriel who led all scorers with 13 points. Gabriel was a perfect 5-5 from the field (2-2 from the three) and 1-2 from the free-throw line and three rebounds (two defensive) in 16 minutes. Washington also had double-figures at the half with ten points, two rebounds and two assists.

Five Wildcats finished in double-figures, led by Wenyen Gabriel, who led all scorers with 20 points. Gabriel was 8-11 from the field and 3-4 behind the arc in 29 minutes and he finished with nine rebounds (four defensive).

Quade Green had 18 points and was a perfect 3-3 from the three. He also had two rebounds and five assists.

Nick Richards shot 100% on the night, 6-6 from the field and 5-5 from the line. He also had six rebounds in his 18 minutes.

Kevin Knox finished out the game with a double-double, 15 points and 11 boards. P.J. Washington also finished with ten points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Cats shot 61.5% from the field and scored 56 in the paint. They held Centre to just 38% shooting. Each team finished with 15 turnovers.

The season officially gets underway for the Cats November 10 against Utah Valley in Lexington. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. eastern.

First half highlights:

John Calipari post-game:

Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel on how Nick Richards has improved:

Nick Richards on free-throw shooting:

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at


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