BOX SCORE & POST-GAME NOTES: UK's Game 6 in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour
Game 6 Box Score (PDF document)
UK Basketball Postgame Notes
Dominican Republic 63, Kentucky 62
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
Big Blue Bahamas Tour
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Kentucky finishes the Bahamas tour with a 5-1 record after suffering its first defeat of the trip today.
Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 7-1 in exhibition contests in the John Calipari era.
Assistant coach John Robic served as Kentucky’s head coach in today’s contest.
Kentucky shot 50.8 percent from the field in the six contests.
Nine of 11 players who appeared in the contest scored in today’s game. UK had at least nine players score in all six games this week.
Kentucky had 108 assists on 183 made field goals in the tournament.
First Half Facts:
Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress in all six games.
Kentucky’s first subs off the bench remained the same with the squad of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis.
A 9-3 run by the Dominican’s lifts the designated visitors to a 19-17 advantage midway through the half.
Kentucky trailed by as many as seven at 24-17, which was also the largest deficit in all six games in the Bahamas.
UK’s second unit utilized a 13-3 run to cap the stanza which was highlighted by a Ulis running floater before the buzzer to give Kentucky a 36-29 lead at the break.
Ulis led the scoring for Kentucky in the opening half with 10 points for his second straight double-digit performance. He also had a pair of assists and a steal.
Towns and Lee led the rebounding effort with three apiece, while Ulis and Hawkins both had two assists.
Poythress, Towns and Willis all had eight first half points to aid the Wildcat cause.
Second Half Facts:
UK began the second half with its original starting lineup for the first time this tournament.
Kentucky led for the entire second half until the final 30 seconds of play.
UK held a 59-46 lead with under nine minutes to play.
The Dominican Republic utilized a 17-3 run over the final eight minutes of action to earn the victory on a less than five-second made field goal by Jack Michael Martinez.
Aaron Harrison had six second-half points to lead the scoring for the Wildcats.
Ulis posted three assists in the half.
Johnson had eight of his nine rebounds in the final stanza.
Dominique Hawkins scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor.
Connected on his second 3-pointer of the tournament
Hit 42.9 percent of his field goals in the six games
Dakari Johnson led the team with nine rebounds and had five points.
Had a team-high 44 rebounds for the tournament
Also posted a squad-best 16 offensive rebounds in the six contests
Karl-Anthony Towns logged 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Also added three blocks, a tournament-high for any UK player
Averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week
Tyler Ulis scored in double-figures with a team-high 12 points while also dishing out five assists.
Scored in double-digits in two straight contests
Notched 24 assists in the six games for an average of four a game
Averaged 7.7 points and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc for the tournament with a squad-equaling high of nine 3-pointers
Derek Willis poured in 10 points and snagged three rebounds
All four of his made field goals came by way of a dunk, he also had two made free throws
Scored 36 points in the six contests