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August 16, 2014

Ulis boost Cats in tough Bahamas test

The Wildcats didn't have the same spark and struggled to get any stops defensively but held on for their second win this week against the French pro team featuring a number of former NCAA stars. Four UK players scored in double figures, with Aaron Harrison leading the way with 15 points. Twin brother Andrew Harrison added 11 points and seven assists, and Devin Booker added 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including a key late jumper.

Top Cat
With Alex Poythress -- who was steady in the tour's first four games -- struggling offensively, Kentucky needed to get a lift from someone else. Tyler Ulis provided it with some tenacious defense and timely three-point shooting. His ball pressure helped force Lionel Chalmers into a turnover in the final seconds that Ulis converted into a layup that sealed the win. Ulis has shown over the course of the week that he's a good change-of-pace guard, and in the final minutes of Saturday's game, he showed that he can share the court with the Harrison twins and be effective. He finished with 12 points and three assists.

What We Learned
Kentucky is mortal. After the Wildcats walloped the competition in the first four games of their Bahamas tour, it appeared as though they were almost without weakness. It turns out that UK is susceptible to a letdown -- Saturday's game was its fifth in seven days -- and can have lapses defensively. Chaloms-Reims shot 73.1 percent in the first half and 52.7 percent for the game, beating Kentucky for easy layups and dunks.

Maybe the new has worn off Kentucky's trip. The Wildcats looked flat in the early part of Saturday's game and won by five points a day after beating the Dominican Republic by 13. That means that in two games since a two-day break in the Bahamas, UK has won by an average of nine points per game. The Cats won their first three games by an average of 28 points per game. In its first three games, Kentucky held opponents -- including Chalons-Reims -- to 54.7 points per game and 36.4 percent shooting. In the past two games, UK has allowed 71.5 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting.

"It is a lot of games in a very short period of time for us, but there's a reason why this trip is set up the way it is. We knew before we got on that plane that we had six games to play, so there aren't going to be any excuses on our part. Excuses are just bricks that build a road to failure. We're not laying those bricks down right now."
--Assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, to reporters in the Bahamas



Kentucky closes out its six-game Bahamas trip on Sunday with its third game in three days, its second against the Dominican Republic national team. The Dominican team gave the Cats a fight on Friday before losing 84-71. The rematch will air at 1 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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