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Kentucky led just 27-18 at halftime but opened the second half with that run led by Mays, who finished with 14 points before leaving with 6:06 remaining in the game with a hyperextended knee sustained in a collision with a Transylvania player. The Wright State transfer went to the locker room for observation before returning to spend the rest of the game on the bench.
"It will be OK," Mays said. "The doctors checked it and it's nothing serious and I'll be ready to play on Friday."
Sophomore Ryan Harrow added 12 points for Kentucky, which shot 71 percent in the second half and 59 percent for the game. The Wildcats forced 23 turnovers.
Kentucky opens the season on Friday against Maryland in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ethan Spurlin had 11 points for Transylvania, which shot 26 percent. Pioneers coach Brian Lane believes Kentucky might hold many opponents to low numbers after the season starts.
"We were able to handle the pressure early," he said. "Defensively, they are going to get better and better and better. I saw some of the edits from the Blue-White game to the first exhibition, and you could just see a different intensity level. They are just going to get better as the season goes along."
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