French professional club Champagne Chalons-Reims, which lost to the Wildcats 81-58 on Monday, gave UK a much stiffer challenge on Saturday.
Kentucky trailed 44-43 at halftime and on a few occasions in the second half before pulling out a 77-72 win, thanks in large part to a key steal and runout basket by freshman point guard Tyler Ulis late in the game as CCRB had possession of the ball with a chance to tie.
The 5-foot-9 Ulis, one of only five scholarship players under 6-feet to play at UK since 1970, finished with 12 points. Aaron Harrison led the Cats with 15 points, while twin brother Andrew Harrison added 11 points and seven assists and freshman Devin Booker contributed 10 points on a strong day for the backcourt.
Sophomore center Dakari Johnson led the UK frontcourt with seven points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Derek Willis tallied nine points.
The Cats wrap up their exhibition trip on Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET rematch against the Dominican Republic National Team coached by former UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua.