Ospreys Start Fast at #10 Kentucky

OPENING TIP

Score:
 #10 Kentucky 86 | North Florida 52
Records: North Florida (1-6) | Kentucky (5-1)
Location: Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
The Short Story: North Florida held a lead over #10 Kentucky midway through the first half but turnovers and cool shooting resulted in a tough 86-52 loss at Rupp Arena on Friday night.

BY THE NUMBERS

Jose Placer pulled down a career high 10 rebounds for the Ospreys while also adding six points and three assists

Jadyn Parker led UNF in scoring, netting 10 points and 5-of-6 shooting from the floor

Carter Hendricksen, a native of Lexington, Ky., finished with 8 pts (including a pair of treys) and five rebounds in his homecoming

– Kentucky had five players reach double-figures led by 14 points apiece for Dontaie Allen and TyTy Washington | Oscar Tshiebwe added a double-double with 12 pts/16 rebs | Sahvir Wheeler had a double-double with 12pts/14 assists

– Wildcats held a 50-33 advantage on the boards and forced 21 turnovers by the Ospreys

NOTABLE MOMENTS

– After trading baskets early in the contest, North Florida used a 10-2 spurt to build a 12-7 lead over the Wildcats | Dorian James hit a trey to open the spurt followed by baskets from Jose Placer and Jadyn Parker before being capped by a three-pointer from Carter Hendricksen

– The Ospreys remained in front of UK until midway through the period when the Cats answered with a 12-2 spurt for a 26-18 lead

Jarius Hicklen ended the Kentucky run with a three-pointer but the Wildcats would close the half on an 11-2 run, building a 37-23 halftime lead

– North Florida continued to battle but the Wildcats would slowly extend their lead to the final margin

 
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

– Placer pulled down 8 of his career high 10 boards in the first half

– North Florida held Kentucky to 1-of-12 shooting from the three-point line in the first half including an 0-for-10 start

Jordan Preaster connected on a pair of treys late in the game, marking his first career baskets as an Osprey

– UNF moved to 0-30 all-time against AP Top 25 ranked teams with the loss and moved to 0-26 all-time against SEC foes

– The Ospreys only attempted 2 free throws in the game, with those coming in the final five minutes of the contest

– Nine different UNF players got into the scoring column

NEXT UP

North Florida concludes its weekend road trip to end the month of November with an in-state clash at FIU on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 28).

 

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