Kentucky had trouble scoring and basically doing anything right, but overcame 10 turnovers and only 9 field goals in the 1st half, to beat Transylvania 74-28.
The score was 27-18 at the half and thoughts of having to play Maryland on Friday were making fans in Rupp Arena a little sick to their stomachs, but Julius Mays got hot and the rest was history.
Mays hit three straight 3 pointers on his way to a 14 point night on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc. The scary part of the game was when Mays went down with what looked like a knee injury, but Julius said everything was fine after the game and will be ready to go on Friday.
Nerlens Noel, who Cal said was working harder than anyone in practice, scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Ryan Harrow didn’t miss a shot, going 5-5 from the field, 2-2 from the 3, for a total of 12 points. He also had 4 assists and just 2 turnovers in 23 minutes.
Archie Goodwin, who led the Cats in scoring last week vs. Northwood, only had 10 points. John Calipari said he was terrible in the first half, but was great in the second half.
Willie Cauley-Stein displayed his usual hustle while making all 4 shot attempts scoring 12 points.
The rest of the scoring was Poythress 5, Wiltjer 4, and Malone 2.
Kentucky plays Maryland on Friday in the Barclays Classic at 8:30 on ESPN.
Transylvania at Kentucky
Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., November 5, 2012
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 74, Transylvania 28
Team Records and Series Notes
This was Kentucky’s final exhibition game.
This was the second-straight year that Kentucky and Transylvania played an exhibition.
From 1903-11, the teams played 14 regular-season games and split seven each.
Kentucky has won its last 20 exhibition games.
UK opens the regular season Fri. Nov. 9 against Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game is at 8:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
Kentucky started with the lineup of Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Nerlens Noel.
Harrow opened the scoring with a three-pointer on the game’s first possession.
Kentucky never trailed but the Pioneers stayed within striking distance.
UK was ahead 17-8 when Transylvania went on an 8-0 run to close within 17-16. The Wildcats responded with a 10-2 flurry to end the half with a 27-16 lead.
Kentucky dominated the second half, 47-10.
The Wildcats led by as many as 46 points at 72-26 and the final score of 74-28.
Kentucky shot 59.2 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent in the second half.
The Wildcats made 90 percent of their foul shots, 9 of 10.
Kentucky won bench points, 28-2.
Nerlens Noel made 7 of 8 shots from the field and led all scorers with 15 points.
Julius Mays sparked the Wildcats early in the second half with a trio of three-pointers. He finished with 14 points and a game-high five assists.
Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein each had 12 points.
Archie Goodwin scored 10 points and corralled a game-high six rebounds.