Jamal Murray missed a triple-double by just one assist, and the rest of his fellow University of Kentucky newcomers also had their moments in the Cats’ 117-58 exhibition victory over Ottawa on Monday night in Rupp Arena.
Here’s a quick stat rundown of those newcomers:
Jamal Murray: The freshman from Canada finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 29 minutes. He was 4-for-8 on three-point attempts and made both of his free throws. Murray showed off his exceptional feel and basketball IQ throughout the game. He remains the early favorite to lead the Cats in scoring this season.
Skal Labissiere: The No. 1 recruit had 18 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 22 minutes. He was 9-for-12 from the floor and connected several times with a turnaround jumper in the post.
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Isaiah Briscoe: The freshman from New Jersey had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. He was 4-for-6 from the floor (and made all three of his field-goal attempts in the first half). He was also 3-for-4 on free throws.
Isaac Humphries: The late addition to the 2015 recruiting class had nine points and six rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. He drained a baseline jumper from just inside the three-point line and showed some physicality on the block.
Charles Matthews: The freshman from Chicago had four points, three assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. He was active on both ends of the court — a disruptive defender and a capable ball handler in the dribble-drive.
Mychal Mulder: The junior-college All-American had six points and two rebounds in nine minutes off the bench. He was 2-for-4 from three-point range.