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Blue-White Game Highlights and Postgame Notes

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Blue-White Game Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

One thing was made clear Friday night, and that is this Kentucky Basketball team will be really fun to watch this season.

Sure, putting too much stock into a Blue-White Game is unwise, but anyone who watched this game can tell these Wildcats have the potential for greatness.

Re-Live the Blue-White game through the eyes of Kentucky Wildcats TV:

And here are the postgame notes, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Team Notes

  • This is the ninth year the Blue-White Game has been played in Rupp Arena.
  • Tonight’s attendance of 16,089 broke a school attendance record for the Blue-White Game. The previous record was 15,035 to open the 2013-14 season.
  • The teams combined to shoot 52.4 percent from the floor (77 of 147). The Blue Team shot a combined 59.5 percent from the floor, but just 27.3 percent from 3-point range. The White Team shined from long distance, connecting on 42.1 percent of its shots with an 8-of-19 mark.
  • The teams combined for 79 total rebounds with 24 coming by way of offensive snags.
  • In addition to outside shooting, the two teams combined for 108 points in the paint with 38 coming by way of dunks. Freshmen Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk had six and four dunks, respectively.
  • Bam Adebayo and Killeya-Jones both suffered lacerations to the right sides of their faces. Both would return to the game.
  • Four players recorded double-doubles. De’Aaron Fox had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Adebayo logged 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Derek Willis had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Briscoe was the only player to register a double-double by way of points and assists with 39 points and 10 assists.
  • Kentucky returns to the court Oct. 30 with the first of two exhibition games. UK’s first tune-up will be against Clarion at 7 p.m. and air on the SEC Network.
  • The regular season begins Nov. 11 with a home date vs. Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.

First-Half Facts

  • Starting for the Blue Team: Bam Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel, Dominque Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk
  • Starters for the White Team: Sacha Killeya-Jones, Derek Willis, Brad Calipari, Mychal Mulder and Isaiah Briscoe
  • Killeya-Jones opened the scoring with a two-handed jam off a miss from Calipari.
  • At the first media timeout, the White Team led 14-10, behind five early points from Mulder.
  • Killeya-Jones displayed versatility with a pair of outside jumpers and two dunks for eight points in the first nine minutes of play.
  • Fox showed a knack for a nose for the ball with four early rebounds and two steals to accompany eight points through the second media timeout.
  • A 19-10 run powered by back-to-back 3-pointers from Hawkins lifted the Blue Team to a 49-40 at the last media timeout.
  • Blue led at the half 57-50. Six players registered double-digit scoring paced by 18 from Briscoe. Gabriel had nine boards, with Willis leading the White Team with eight hauls. Briscoe paced the assists column with five, while Fox had three steals.
  • Adebayo suffered a laceration under his right eye and missed the majority of the half.

Second-Half Story

  • To begin the second half, the White Team consisted of Briscoe, Willis, Gabriel, Calipari and Mulder.
  • The Blue Team was Fox, Hawkins, Monk, Jonny David and Adebayo.
  • A dunk off a rebound by Fox lifted the blue team to a 68-53 lead with under four minutes of action in the stanza.
  • Hawkins got to 20 points on a traditional three-point play with 14:33 left in the half. His Blue Team led 73-60 at that point.
  • Monk received the loudest cheers with a monstrous jam from the left wing. He pushed the score to 79-66, Blue Team with 12:48 remaining.
  • After suffering a laceration above his right eye to end the first half, Killeya-Jones returned to the game with six minutes remaining.

Player Notes

  • Bam Adebayo was one of five players to have 20 or more points in the game with 20 points. He also hauled in 12 rebounds despite playing just 31 minutes.
  • Isaiah Briscoe led all scorers with 39 points. He was 14 of 30 from the field, 2 of 6 from 3-point range and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line.
  • He had a team-high 10 assists.
  • De’Aaron Fox also reached the 30-point plateau with 31 points.
  • He added six assists and a team-high five steals.
  • Registered a double-double with 12 rebounds, the most for any guard.
  • Dominique Hawkins had 20 points on nearly flawless shooting from the field. He was 7 of 9 from the floor and did not miss on his first six attempts.
  • Malik Monk scored 26 points and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Derek Willis posted 13 points and a team-best 13 rebounds.