Kentucky Tops Clarion in Exhibition Basketball Game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Six different Kentucky players scored in double digits, as the Wildcats beat Clarion, 108-51, in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Sunday night.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion Athletics)

Malik Monk led the balanced effort with 15 points in 19 minutes, while Edrice Adebayo and Derek Willis each had 13 points. De’Aaron Fox and Sacha Killeya-Jones both chipped in 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11.

A number of Golden Eagles had strong games paced by senior guard BJ Andrews, who had a game-high 16 points while going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Cameron Grumley added nine points, four rebounds and two assists.

Clarion played the Wildcats, ranked No. 4 in D-I and coached by Clarion alum John Calipari, tough out of the gates and trailed by just two, 9-7, following a Manny Powell 3-pointer.

Things stayed within a possession for a while before Kentucky went on a 6-0 run to open up a 19-10 lead that was capped on a steal by Briscoe that led to a Dominique Hawkins layup.

From there Kentucky started to pull away and led 48-22 at halftime.

Akeem Williams scored the first bucket of the second half for Clarion with a monster dunk, converting a feed from Grumley and throwing it down with two hands to elicit cheers from the Golden Eagle fans in attendance. The Golden Eagles started raining down threes midway through the second half, with Andrews knocking down treys on consecutive possessions and Grumley adding one from the left wing at the 13:47 mark.

Andrews drilled another three-pointer from the left corner at the 12:08 mark of the second half, draining the fall-away jumper with a hand in his face for his 13th point of the night. Grumley added a fall-away of his own with roughly eight minutes to play, lifting off his left foot and draining it from 12 feet out.

Kentucky did not let up, however, cracking the century mark with 3:39 remaining in the game. Bo Murray knocked down a jumper from the head of the key for his first points of the night and RJ Laugand followed suit with a three-pointer with 2:33 to play.

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