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The beat goes on as Kentucky pummels Puerto Rico National team again, 93-57

Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis celebrate a win (Photo from UK Athletics)

Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis celebrate a win (Photo from UK Athletics)


Staff report
Junior forward Alex Poythress poured in 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday, leading four Kentucky players in double figures as the Wildcats trampled the Puerto Rico National Reserve team 93-57 in the Big Blue Bahamas tour.


It was the largest margin of victory yet as Kentucky won for the third time overall in the exhibition series and the second time over the squad from Puerto Rico. The Cats won 74-49 in the first meeting of the teams on Sunday, then topped Champagne Chalons-Reim, a professional team from France, 81-55 on Monday.

Kentucky will now get two days off in Nassau before playing the final three games of the tour.

Although coach John Calipari predicted competitive games during the series before the team left Lexington, it hasn’t happened yet. Calipari spent a second straight game watching from the stands while an assistant coach, this time John Robic, called the shots.

Poythress hit seven of nine shots from the field in 19 minutes of play. Sophomore Marcus Lee contributed his best game of the trip, canning six of seven shots, good for 14 points to go with seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

Aaron Harrison netted 12 points and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns continued his good play with 10 points and six boards. The big man connected on four of six shots, the same as Harrison. Overall, Kentucky had its best shooting game of the trip, hitting 38 of 61 shots for over 62 percent.

Derek Willis notched nine points and six rebounds in 18 minutes while Andrew Harrison put up nine points and dealt six assists in 19 minutes. Freshman point guard Tyler Ulis popped in seven points to go with four assists and a pair of steals.

Defensively, Kentucky held the Puerto Rican team to 36 percent shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers. The Cats also owned the boards by a 44-22 margin. Kentucky led by 20, 46-26, at halftime.

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UK will next take the floor on Friday against the Dominican Republic National team. After a return match with Chalons-Reim on Saturday, the tour concludes on Sunday with another game against the Dominican squad, which is coached by former UK assistant Orlando Antigua. Former Wildcat Eloy Vargas is also expected to suit up.

All games will be televised at 1 p.m. on The SEC network, which will debut on Thursday.

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