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:

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