UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. MEGA BEMAX
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 11, 2018 ATTENDANCE: 1,329
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 100, Mega Bemax 64
This was Kentucky’s third exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will wrap up the tour on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at the Atlantis Imperial Arena. That game will be televised on the SEC Network and on the Watch ESPN app.
UK improved to 133-12 all-time in exhibition games and 8-1 in the Bahamas. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their previous trip to the Bahamas in 2014.
Kentucky has won its last 12 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.
A total of 1,329 fans packed Atlantis Imperial Arena, a Big Blue Bahamas high thus far.
Kentucky started Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the third straight game.
UK, as it did the first two games, got off to a fast start. Ignited by a Green layup to start the game, the Wildcats ran out to an early 7-2 lead. After Mega Bemax answered with five straight, Kentucky reeled off eight consecutive points and a 19-1 overall run, ignited by 3-pointers from Quickley and Green.
The Wildcats were great defensively against a physical team. UK held Mega Bemax without a field goal for 10:38 of game time (17:37 to 6:49).
After the game was tied 7-7, UK outscored Mega Bemax 40-22 the rest of the first half.
Kentucky had more free throws (11) than Mega Bemax had points (10) midway through the first half.
The Wildcats limited Mega Bemax to 8 of 34 from the field, a paltry .257 percentage.
Green (nine points), Washington (nine points, six rebounds), Reid Travis (eight points, four rebounds) and Johnson (eight points) starred for Kentucky in the first half.
Johnson came out firing in the second half. He scored seven points in the first 3:45 of the second half, all of the emphatic variety. After knocking down a 3-pointer, he threw down two powerful dunks, including an alley-oop slam from Green.
The Wildcats led by as many as 39 points (97-58).
After a quiet first half, Tyler Herro caught fire once again and scored 12 points. He made both of his 3-point attempts in the second stanza.
Richards also had a strong second half with 11 points after halftime.
The Wildcats reached the 100-point threshold for the first time in the Bahamas.
Ashton Hagans reached that point for UK with a breakaway layup with 29 seconds to go.
UK is averaging 92.0 points through three games.
Kentucky made 7 of its 14 3-point-attemp. After UK shot 7 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc in game two of the Bahamas trip, UK has shot 54 percent from long range in the past two games.
Six Wildcats scored in double figures for the second game in a row.
UK led for all but 20 seconds of the game.
The Wildcats won the battle of the glass again, although by the slimmest margin of the Bahamas trip, outrebounding Mega BeMax 48-44.
PJ Washington recorded the first double-double by a Wildcat in the Big Blue Bahamas with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was also a menace defensively, racking up game highs in both blocks (4) and steals (4).
Keldon Johnson scored 16 points on an efficient 7-of-8 day from the floor.
Quade Green scored 10 points and went 4 of 6 from the floor. After going 1 of 11 in the first game, Green has made 8 of 10 shots over the last two games.
Tyler Herro scored in double figures for a third straight game with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He continues to lead Kentucky in scoring in the Bahamas with an 18.0 average.
Nick Richards scored 15 points with a 9-for-11 night from the line. He just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds. The Wildcats were plus-32 on the scoreboard with Richards on the floor, the best mark on the team. He’s averaging 14.7 points and shooting 82.4 percent from the floor and 84.2 percent from the line over the three games.
Immanuel Quickley had another solid floor game with 12 points, five assists and no turnovers. He’s registered 14 assists with no turnovers through three games.