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GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Kentucky 95, Howard 63

(AP Photo/James Crisp)

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Antonio Reeves scored 22 points, CJ Fredrick had 20 and No. 4 Kentucky opened the season by beating Howard 95-63 with All-American Oscar Tshiebwe and two other players sidelined.

Tshiebwe, the consensus national player of the year, had a procedure last month on his right knee and anticipated being back for the opener. But other than some pregame stretching and receiving his Naismith Trophy - one of six awards he collected last spring along with being named Associated Press player of the year - he was a bystander and cheerleader.

Point guard Sahvir Wheeler (right leg) and sophomore forward Daimion Collins (personal reasons) were also out, but the Wildcats still shot 55% against the overmatched Bison.

Reeves, an Illinois State transfer who averaged 20.1 points per game last season for the Redbirds, hit 6 of 12 from 3-point range and 8 of 16 overall. Fredrick, who transferred from Iowa but missed last season with a hamstring injury, shot 6 of 9 overall and 2 of 5 from beyond the arc.

Jacob Toppin and freshman Cason Wallace each added 15 points for Kentucky, which made 34 of 62 from the field and 11 of 24 3-pointers.

Kobe Dickson scored 17 points and Elijah Hawkins had 14 for Howard, which shot 34%.

BIG PICTURE

Howard: The Bison didn't convert consecutive baskets until late in the first half and only four times all night. They did manage to lead Kentucky on the glass for a while, especially offensively, but were no match once Kentucky became more assertive.

Kentucky: The absences of all three regulars opened up a lot of minutes for others, and the results were encouraging. Reeves and Fredrick were a strong backcourt tandem, and the Wildcats showed depth in outscoring Howard's bench 32-15.

November 7, 2022


Howard
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Williams 2-8 0-1 0-3 2-3 2 0 0 3 0 4
E. Hawkins 4-10 3-4 3-5 0-3 2 0 1 4 2 14
S. Settle III 2-5 3-3 1-2 1-6 1 0 1 2 2 8
K. Dickson 9-9 1-1 0-0 3-4 1 0 0 1 3 19
S. Odom 2-9 1-2 1-1 0-5 0 0 0 2 3 6
J. Wood 1-12 0-0 1-8 1-3 0 0 0 1 3 3
B. Harris 1-4 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 2
O. Okojie 0-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 2 0 0 2 2 0
M. Stewart 0-3 0-0 0-3 0-2 0 1 0 0 2 0
R. Brown 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 0 2 2
T. Weaver 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0
T. Lewis 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F. Rhames 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Totals 23-66
(.348)
10-13
(.769)
7-25
(.280)
13-38 10 1 4 15 19 63


Kentucky
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Wallace 7-11 0-0 1-2 2-8 9 0 2 2 4 15
J. Toppin 5-12 4-7 1-2 3-11 2 0 2 0 2 15
C. Fredrick 6-9 6-7 2-5 0-3 2 0 1 0 0 20
A. Reeves 8-16 0-1 6-12 0-1 2 0 0 3 1 22
L. Ware 1-2 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 1 5 3 2 4
C. Livingston 4-6 0-0 1-2 1-4 0 0 0 1 3 9
U. Onyenso 3-4 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 4 0 0 0 6
A. Thiero 0-1 4-6 0-0 1-5 2 0 0 1 0 4
B. Canada 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Horn 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 34-62
(.548)
16-28
(.571)
11-24
(.458)
15-48 20 5 10 11 12 95




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