College basketball exhibition final: Kentucky 99, Kentucky State 53

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will play its final exhibition game of the 2023-24 season when the Kentucky State Thorobreds visit Rupp Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

The game will be streamed on SEC Network+ and ESPN+.

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Final: Kentucky 99, Kentucky State 53

Kentucky goes 6-0 in exhibition games in North America, rolling to a 99-53 win over overmatched Kentucky State. Antonio Reeves led UK with 20 points. Justin Edwards added 17. Tre Mitchell had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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With 2:45 left, Calipari emptied his bench, bringing in Grant Darbyshire, Walker Horn, Kareem Watkins and Brennan Canada.

There’s 3:37 left and Kentucky leads 95-43. Antonio Reeves leads the way with 20 points. He’s made four of his six three-point attempts. UK has a 41-28 advantage on the boards and have committed just three turnovers all night. K-State has turned it over 12 times.

It’s currently Kentucky 84, Kentucky State 38 with 7:37 left. Cats have made 12 of 20 shots this half for 60 percent. They are 6 of 13 from three for 46.2 percent. Tre Mitchell has nine rebounds, Justin Edwards eight. UK has 23 assists on 32 made baskets. Kentucky State is shooting 28.3 percent from the floor.

Kentucky leads Kentucky State 77-28 with 11:39 left. Tre Mitchell and Justin Edwards each have 15 points. At this point, I appreciate everyone who is still refreshing their browser.

Kentucky rolling on, up 68-26 with 14:06 left in the game. The Cats opened the second half with an 18-4 run. Antonio Reeves nailed back-to-back three-pointers at the 18:21 and 17:46 marks. Tre Mitchell hit a three from the top of the key at the 16:43 mark. He followed with with another three at 15:41. And another triple at 14:51. Cats are 8 of 17 from beyond the arc for the game.

Halftime: Kentucky 50, Kentucky State 20

Kentucky 50, Kentucky State 20 at the half. Cats shot 55.6% the first half. K-State shot 24.1 %. D.J. Wagner led UK with 12 points. Justin Edwards had 10.

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Kentucky rolling 46-16 with 3:15 left in first half. Not sure you can take much from this game, given the competition. Cats are shooting 61.3 percent. D.J. Wagner has 12 points. He’s made 5 of 6 shots, including 2 of his 3 three-point tries. Kentucky has 13 assists on 19 made baskets.

Kentucky leads Kentucky State 31-14 with 7:58 left in first half. UK went on a 13-0 run for a 25-9 lead. Kentucky State is 5 of 20 from the floor, but 3 of 8 from long range. The Cats have still not turned the ball over.

Kentucky up 23-9 with 11:27 left in the first half. Edwards leads way with 10 points and four rebounds. Cats have hit 11 of 17 shots for 64.7 percent. UK is 1 of 3 from 3-point range. Kentucky has not turned it over, while KSU has three turnovers.

Kentucky leads Kentucky State 12-6 at the 15:49 TV time. Justin Edwards off to a hot start. He has 10 points. UK has made six of its eight shots

Zvonimir Ivisic is not at Rupp because of illness, according to UK.

Kentucky starters are D.J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell.

Kentucky Wildcats guard D.J. Wagner (21) drives to the basket against Kentucky State during the exhibition game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky, Thursday, November 2, 2023.
Kentucky Wildcats guard D.J. Wagner (21) drives to the basket against Kentucky State during the exhibition game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky, Thursday, November 2, 2023.

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