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FINAL: Kentucky 106, Centre 63, recap, stats, box score from Cats’ final exhibition

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball faces Centre College in the Wildcats’ final exhibition basketball game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.

FINAL: Kentucky 106, Centre 63

Kentucky-only extended box:

Kentucky 96, Centre 56, 3:15 2H: Quade Green has really put on a show. Back-to-back how’d-he-do-that layups and he’s up to 17 points (and 3 assists). Wenyen Gabriel just hit another 3-pointer (he’s 3 of 4) and has 20 and 9 boards. Kentucky still shooting almost 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. Kevin Knox has heated up here late, too, and has 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Here’s your full box:

Kentucky 79, Centre 49, 8:18 2H: Richards is having himself a helluva night off the bench: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 of 5 FG, 3 of 3 FT in just 15 minutes. I wrote this week about about Richards’ after-hours work in the gym to prove doubters wrong and catch his offense up with his defense. The Cats had the lead to 35 points but a really sloppy stretch saw it slip.

Kentucky 72, Centre 41, 12:05 2H: Oh, hey there, Nick Richards. Really nice 12-foot turnaround jump hook, lefty, swished. The 7-footer has been working on his offense (which lagged well behind his defense when he arrived this summer) and that is a very encouraging sign. Richards has 10 points, 5 rebounds and a block off the bench. Here’s the updated box score:

Kentucky 65, Centre 36, 14:14 2H: Couple of slick assists by Green — a lob to Knox for a jam and feed to Killeya-Jones in the paint for an easy bucket. SKJ is up to 4 points, 5 rebounds and an assist in just 10 minutes. Green has 13 points, 3 assists, 1 turnover. Washington now 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists.

Kentucky 59, Centre 34, 15:52 2H: Kinda sloppy stuff (and bad defense) by the Cats early in the second half, but Quade Green buried another 3-pointer — he’s not 3 of 3 from deep and 5 of 5 overall shooting — to reach 13 points tonight. Wenyen Gabriel has 15 points, 6 boards. Full box here:

Halftime Observations 

1) Quade Green is the starting point guard. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a really good player and deserves to play plenty — often with Green, like tonight’s starting lineup — but Green is the guy at point guard. He’s just so in control and so dangerous shooting the ball. He’s at 70.6 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range in the preseason. Too good to sit.

2) Wenyen Gabriel’s confidence is through the roof. He admitted to having a crisis of confidence late in his freshman year, when his body broke down, his shot stopped falling and he vanished from the rotation. But Gabriel has looked like a new many since offseason workouts and all the way through this preseason. His 13-point first half tonight is an exclamation point. Gabriel has shot 60 percent in 2 1/2 exhibition games.

3) PJ Washington needs to keep his fuse lit. When he’s hustling and defending, forget it. Washington can be a star, but his motor is not yet where it needs to be. If he can go for 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists in a half without going all out all the time, just imagine what he could be.

4) Diallo’s shot is still very much a work in progress. He airmailed one jumper and badly missed a free throw already tonight. There’s a lot to work with there, but the biggest thing NBA scouts want to see from Diallo is still far from fixed.

HALFTIME: Kentucky 52, Centre 24

Flurry of rebounds — two offensive — from Killeya-Jones, including a nice putback. He also found Wenyen Gabriel with a nice pass under the basket. That’s 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 8 minutes.  The 6-10 sophomore SKJ can carve out a role if he keeps that approach. Gabriel, by the way, is now 2 of 2 from deep tonight and has a team-high 13 points. He’s 3 of 7 from deep in the preseason.

The Cats are starting to stretch this thing out now, shooting 61 percent to Centre’s 30. Here’s your complete halftime box (the second image is the extended UK-only box):

Kentucky 42, Centre 24, 3:17 1H: Richards offensive rebounded a missed free throw and darn near ripped the rim off. Green put a defender on skates for a driving bucket. And Washington found Richards for another jam. Blink, the lead is 18. Here’s the latest full box score:

Kentucky 32, Centre 22, 7:13 1H: Centre ain’t going away. Quick 7-0 run, capped by a corner 3-pointer, and the Cats’ lead shrank to 28-22 with 8:24 to go in the first half. Diallo and Knox layups have gotten it back to double digits. Washington leads UK with 7 points, Knox with 5 rebounds.

Kentucky 23, Centre 10, 11:50 1H: Quade Green, it turns out, is a deadeye shooter. Splashed another 3-pointer and he’s now 6 of 10 in exhibition games. Seven-footer Nick Richards into the game and scored in the post immediately. He also had a jaw-dropping drive to split defenders and dunk in transition that was called a walk. Didn’t make it any less impressive by the big man. Nice put-back dunk by Washington. Here’s a full box score:

Kentucky 13, Centre 6, 15:58 1H: The 6-foot-7 (but with a 7-3 wingspan) Washington did indeed play the five in that “small” lineup, and he won the opening tip. Green swished a 3-pointer to open and is now 5 of 9 from beyond the arc in exhibition games. He was a very good outside shooter in high school and should be one of the Cats’ biggest deep threats this season. The Cats went to an even smaller lineup (subbing guard Hamidou Diallo for Washington) just three minutes in.

STARTING FIVE: Both Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander deserve to play, and tonight they’ll both start. Those two point guards, Kevin Knox, Wenyen Gabriel and P.J. Washington are starting. That’s Kentucky’s “small ball” look. Should be fun.

Jarred Vanderbilt sighting! Is this huge for Kentucky or just a baby step in the right direction?

Kentucky-Centre College basketball game information

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Date: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Location: Rupp Arena; Lexington, Ky.

How can I watch the Kentucky-Centre College basketball game?

You can watch Kentucky vs. Centre College on SEC Network or stream it on ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to the Kentucky-Centre College basketball game on the radio?

Fans can listen to the Kentucky-Centre College basketball game on the radio via the UK Sports Network.

Find your local UK Sports Network affiliate here.

How can I find live stats, updates on the Kentucky-Centre College game online?

SEC Country will provide live updates from Rupp Arena during the game on Friday. Fans can also following along with Kentucky’s stat tracker site here.

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Kyle Tucker – SEC Country

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