Kentucky shellacks Ottawa 117-58 in exhibition opener

Ottawa - photo by Walter Cornett
Ottawa – photo by Walter Cornett

and each had double-doubles as six players scored in double figures to help the No. 2 Wildcats cruise past Ottawa (Kan.) 117-58 in their exhibition opener Monday night.

Murray had 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead impressive debuts by Kentucky’s newest group of talented freshmen. Forward added 18 points and five rebounds and 11 points as Wildcats rookies combined for 64 points.

Ulis had 17 points and 10 assists for the Wildcats, who also got 10 points each from juniors and Derek Willis. made 15 of its first 17 shots to race to a 38-7 lead and not look back against the alma mater of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart. The Wildcats shot 60 percent from the field.

Marshon Norfleet scored 20 points for the NAIA Braves, who shot just 26 percent.