NASSAU, Bahamas — Reigning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as Kentucky edged the Dominican Republic National Team 108-56 on Wednesday night in a exhibition basketball at the Baha Mar Resort.
Tshiebwe led six Kentucky players who scored in double figures in the victory. Sophomore Daimion Collins had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win, while rookie Cason Wallace had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Antonio Reeves had 12 points for the UK, while Chris Livingston and Lance Ware each had 11.
Kentucky shot 42 of 74 (56.8%) from the floor in the game, including 11 of 26 (42.3%) from behind the arc. The Cats also made 13 of 14 free throws (92.9%) in the contest.
Kentucky came first to the board on a pair of Toppin’s free throws. The Dominican Republic would take a 3-2 lead on a Justin Minaya three but the Cats would score the next seven points, on a Collins field goal, a Reeves three and a Tshiebwe hook to take a 9-3 advantage.
The Dominican Republic would score the next four but the Cats would respond with a 6-2 run, capped by a Lance Ware dunk, to lead 15-8 with 12:50 left in the first half.
After Minaya hit a three to cut the United Kingdom lead to 15-11, the Cats went on an 8-2 run, marked by a Reeves three and a base dunk from Collins and a subsequent free throw, to give the UK a 23-13 advantage with 8:43.
The Cats would lead by up to 20 points in the first half and take a 43-25 lead at the break. Reeves led all scorers with nine points in the first half, while Ware and Wallace each had six points.
In the second half, the Cats picked up where they left off in the first 20 minutes. Kentucky got a three from Chris Livingston and dunks from Ware, Collins and Wallace to extend the lead to 52-25.
Kentucky would lead by 33 (64-31) on a Livingston three and the lead would hover around that number for the next seven minutes. But Great Britain would ride a 9-0 run, capped off by a pair of Tshiebwe dunks, to extend the lead to 86-47 with 6:41 remaining.
The onslaught continued late, as Kentucky closed out the game on a 12-2 run, including scoring the game’s final eight points, to close out the easy victory.
Kentucky returns to action Thursday against Tec de Monterrey at the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.