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Alex Poythress shines as Kentucky thrashes Puerto Rico 93-57

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Alex Poythress continued his fabulous play during the Kentucky Wildcats' Bahamas exhibition tour on Aug. 12. Poythress, a 6-foot-8 athletic junior forward, scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Wildcats whipped up on Puerto Rico National “B” team (93-57) at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau, Bahamas. Kentucky defeated Puerto Rico by 25 on Aug. 10.

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Poythress got Kentucky rolling after a lethargic start. With Puerto Rico leading 12-11, Poythress ignited a 7-0 Kentucky run behind three offensive rebounds in back-to-back possessions and a couple of put-back dunks. Poythress finished the first half with nine points and six rebounds.

Up 18-12 at the 10:21 mark, 6-foot-9 sophomore Derek Willis knocked down a three-pointer as Kentucky went on a 16-2 run. Willis concluded the spurt with an alley-oop slam on a feed from sophomore Dominique Hawkins to give the Wildcats a 34-14 advantage.

Fom there, the ‘Cats’ kept running and dunking. Kentucky totaled seven first half slams and finished with 14 for the game. Kentucky, according to one media’s member count, scored 58 points in the paint.

"I mean, we're having a blast out there," said Marcus Lee, who led UK with six dunks. "If you see every player out there or sitting on the bench, you'll see them smiling and laughing all the time. We just love our time out here."

Sophomore Aaron Harrison knocked down consecutive triples from the left wing to push Kentucky’s lead 22 in the first half. The Wildcats led 46-26at the half.

Kentucky started the second half on a 5-0 run, which sophomore Marcus Lee capped with a steal and a flush. Aaron Harrison nailed his third three-pointer of the game to push the Wildcats lead to 39 (86-49).

Joining Poythress in double-figures were Aaron Harrison (12 points), Lee (14 points and 7 rebounds) and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns (10 points and 6 rebounds).

Poythress leads the team in points (13.7) and rebounds (8.0) in the tournament. He has collected 15 offensive rebounds in the three games and has attempted 16 free-throws. Towns is second on the team with 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Kentucky is now 3-0 in their exhibition tour, with an average margin of victory being 28 points, but will face its biggest test on Aug. 15, when they play the Dominican Republic national team. The Dominican team features a talent-loaded roster made up of Francisco Garcia, Edgar Sosa and Jack Michael Martinez.