Kentucky 73, Calif. All-Stars 66
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, while Jamaal Magloire had 17 point and 13 rebounds as Kentucky opened its preseason schedule with a 73-66 win Tuesday over the California All-Stars.
Magloire, the senior center who nearly left school last summer to enter the NBA draft, has looked sharp in the Wildcats’ early tuneups, particularly on offense. He scored 33 points in a public intrasquad scrimmage last weekend and was 6-of-12 from the floor on Tuesday with six blocked shots.
Last season, when he was suspended twice and played mostly a reserve role behind Michael Bradley, who has since transferred, Magloire averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Prince, a sophomore swingman, was 8-of-14 from the field, grabbing five rebounds and making three assists.
Former Washington player Mark Sanford had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the All-Stars, a team of former college players who stayed even with Kentucky for a half.
The All-Stars led 35-34 at the half after former Cal State-Northridge player Keith Higgins connected with his brother Derrick Higgins on an alley-oop as time expired.
The Wildcats came out gunning in the second half and outscored the All-Stars 18-6 in the first eight minutes.
Prince, Saul Smith and Desmond Allison each connected on 3-pointers, and freshman guard Keith Bogans made it 52-41 after he grabbed the rebound of a missed Magloire free throw and took off from just inside the free throw line for a layup that drew roars from the Rupp Arena crowd.
Smith, the coach’s son who will take over from Wayne Turner as Kentucky’s point guard, finished with 10 points.
Derrick Higgins had 12 points for the All-Stars, who were beginning a 10-game preseason tour against college teams.