College basketball exhibition final: Kentucky 92, Georgetown College 69

Kentucky men’s basketball will play its first exhibition game of the 2023-24 season when the Georgetown College Tigers visit Rupp Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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Final: Kentucky 92, Georgetown College 69

After leading by just a point (35-34) at the half, Kentucky puts together a strong second half to knock off Georgetown College 92-69 in UK’s first exhibition game.

Tre Mitchell led the Cats with 22 points.

UK shot 56.8% in the second half and 48.6% from the floor for the game. The Cats were 8 of 22 from 3-point range. Despite not having any of its trio of 7-footers, UK won the boards 46-32.

Final box

Kentucky up 80-63 with exactly 4:00 remaining.

Prettiest play of the night: Reed Sheppard hit Justin Edwards for a perfect lob dunk with 4:55 left.

Kentucky has stretched its lead over Georgetown to 74-58 with 6:03 left. Tre Mitchell now with 18 points for the Cats.

Kentucky up 61-50 with 11:16 remaining. UK is 9 of 19 from the floor this half and 24 of 56 for the game for 42.9%.

UK is 6 of 18 from 3-point range as a team. Tre Mitchell has made 3 of 4 3-point attempts. His teammates are 3 of 14.

Cam Brooks-Harris leads Georgetown with 16 points.

Kentucky leads Georgetown 54-40 as the Tigers take a timeout with 15:38 left. Cats have outscored the Tigers 19-6 so far in this half.

Antonio Reeves is up to 16 points. He’s made two 3-pointers this half. Tre Mitchell has also made a three.

UK’s Justin Edwards is 1 of 7 from the field.

Kentucky opened the second half with an 8-0 run.

First half: Kentucky up 35-34 at the half

Biggest takeaway from first half, Kentucky needs at least one of its big men to get healthy or eligible.

First half points in the paint: Georgetown 22, Kentucky 18. Cats without 7-footers Aaron Bradshaw, Ugonna Onyenso and Zvonimir Ivisic.

Kentucky clinging to a 35-34 lead at the half. UK was 15 of 37 in the first half for 41 percent. The Cats were 2 of 9 from 3-point range.

First half box

Georgetown was 14 of 32 from the field, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range.

Antonio Reeves leads Kentucky with eight points.

Tyran Jones leads Georgetown with nine points.

Georgetown blocked five UK shots.

UK up 29-27 with 3:38 left in the first half. Georgetown is 11 of 19 from inside the 3-point arc. The Tigers might be leading if not for the fact they’ve turned it over eight times.

Kentucky leads Georgetown 26-20 with 6:37 left in first half. Reed Sheppard swished a 3-pointer at 8:11 mark for a 24-18 lead. Rob Dillingham followed that with a fast break bucket to push the lead to eight points.

Kentucky is 12 of 24 from the floor, including 2 of 7 from 3-point range. Georgetown is 9 of 22 from the floor. The Tigers have missed all six of their 3-point attempts.

UK up 15-14 with 11:13 left in first half. Tre Mitchell leads way with five points. Georgetown led 10-8 and 12-10. Kentucky is 7 of 16 from the floor, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham checked in at 12:07 mark.

UK up 8-6 on Georgetown at 14:39 TV timeout. Cats are 4 of 11 from the floor. Georgetown College is 3 of 7 from the floor. Georgetown has blocked three Kentucky shots.

Kentucky starters: D.J. Wagner, Justin Edwards, Adou Theiro, Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves.

Georgetown College basketball roster

Kentucky basketball’s D.J. Wagner (21) competes against Georgetown College during an exhibition game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Mark Mahan
Kentucky basketball’s D.J. Wagner (21) competes against Georgetown College during an exhibition game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Mark Mahan

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