November 7, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Kentucky defeats Kentucky St. in Final Tune Up
Skal Labissiere didn’t score a bucket in the first half, but finished with a team high 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Kentucky Wildcats cruised past Kentucky State 111-58 in it’s final exhibition game Friday evening in front of packed Rupp Arena Crowd. Labissiere scored his 22 points all in the second half on 9 of 12 shooting and he was also 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Calipari made it the focal point to go through Skal at the start of the second half giving him the first 10 possessions of the game. The 6″11 future NBA lottery pick didn’t disappoint showing an arsenal of moves from the left and right jump hook, along with a display of turn around 12 foot fade-away jumpers.
“Yes, I told him he went in and laid one and I said dunk that. Don’t lay that ball, dunk that.” Calipari Said. “But, then he’s busting through some stuff. It was like Skal in the first half. You got to be kidding me. Like, you know what I told him at halftime, we’re throwing it to you every time, I don’t care. You can go 1-15 or can you go prove you’re the player you are. And he proved it. He came in after, coach, I apologize for my first half, I’m sorry. I said don’t be sorry, be better, get better.”
Jamal Murray added 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting and Tyler Ulis scored 15 points and 5 assists as Kentucky shot over 56% from the field. The Wildcats held Kentucky State to 29.7 percent shooting from the field, while out rebounding Kentucky State 57-35 including 40 defensive rebounds. Ulis and Murray were the scoring leaders during the first half as the Wildcats went into the half on a 34-7 run on Kentucky State, who didn’t seem rattled by the opponent or playing in front of the Rupp Arena crowd. John Calipari is 14-0 in exhibition games at Kentucky, while as a whole the program is 55-4 all-time in exhibition games. The Wildcats finished the game with 20 assists versus 11 turnovers and 10 rebounds.
Alex Poythress and Charles Matthews scored in double figures off the bench with 13 and 11, while Marcus Lee pulled down the most rebounds for the team with 11. Junior Derek Willis proved to have earned some minutes off the bench scoring 6 points pulling down 9 rebounds and dished out a team high 5 assists.
Malcolm Smith led the way for Kentucky State with 14 points in 21 minutes on 4 of 12 shooting. Smith also pulled down 5 rebounds in the defeat to the Wildcats.
UP NEXT FOR UK – FRIDAY, November 13, 2015 against Albany at 7pm on SECN
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