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Cats close win in Bahamas with 41-18 scoring run


NASSAU, Bahamas – Nick Richards scored 19 points and Tyler Herro had 16 as Kentucky beat the Bahamas National Team 85-61 in exhibition basketball action on Wednesday night at the Atlantis Imperial Ballroom.

Keldon Johnson had 11 points, including nine in the second half, for the Cats, while sophomore PJ Washington added 10.

Kentucky, playing the first of four games during a trip to the Bahamas, jumped out to an 11-0 lead early in the contest. Richards and Washington each had four points during the stretch. The Cats would lead 15-3 before the Bahamas team went on a 22-12 run to cut Kentucky’s lead to 27-25 with 6:12 left in the first half. Herro got hot late in the half, scoring eight of UK’s last 10 points as the Cats took a 42-35 lead into the break.

The Bahamian team made its run at the beginning of the second half, scoring seven straight points to tie the game at 42-42. After Johnson gave Kentucky a 43-42 lead with a free throw, Bahamas forward Jerone Burrows scored on a layup, giving his team a 44-43 lead. The lead lasted just 55 seconds, as Herro scored to give Kentucky the lead back at 45-44. The game would be tied 45-45 before Kentucky scored seven straight to get a bit of breathing room.

In fact, after trailing, Kentucky outscored the Bahamas National Team 41-18 to close the game.

Reid Travis, the graduate transfer from Stanford, made a strong first impression in a UK uniform, scoring just four points, but grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Kentucky forced the Bahamas into 15 turnovers, and the Wildcats turned those into 20 points. On the flip side, UK turned the ball over just eight teams, leading to only three Bahamian points.

The Wildcats return to action Thursday night, facing San Lorenzo de Almagro at 7 p.m. ET. That game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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  1. Good win I guess, not sure the competition was all that great. Basketball in August, geez. Only at UK. I am more concerned right now about Central Michigan and who the Wildcat QB will be come 9/1/18.

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