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Kentucky beats Transy 74-28 in final exhibition game

LEXINGTON – After a sluggish first half, the Kentucky offense got rolling with a 20-4 run to open the second half to pull away from Transylvania for a 74-28 win in their final exhibition tune up on Monday night.  Five Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nerlens Noel with 15, Julius Mays with 14, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein with 12 each, and Archie Goodwin with 10.

Kentucky shot just 43 percent in the first half on their way to a 27-18 lead, but after an animated John Calipari challenged them at halftime, the Wildcats responded by shooting 71 percent in the second half while holding Transy to five field goals and 10 total points in the final period.

The Cats got a scare, however, when Mays left the game with a leg sprain after a nasty fall.  His status for Friday’s regular season opener against Maryland is uncertain.

Kentucky will officially open the 2012 season on Friday night at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn.  Tip time with the Terrapins is 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,... fb.me/4rtUJiRSK
Time to put Texas A&M to bed and get tuned up for a high seed in the big dance.
Epic collapse by UK tonight. Still something not right with this team.
Tough loss over the weekend, but the Cats showed heart...they'll be back. fb.me/7EWsEFppx

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