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Former Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels help raise close to $1.5M in 2015 Alumni Charity Game.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In an all-star exhibition between two of college basketball's "blue-blood" programs, Kentucky squared off with North Carolina on Sunday at Rupp Arena for a game that helped raise close to $1.5 million for charity.

Kentucky got 33 points and 18 rebounds from Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins to outlast North Carolina's squad 122-115 in a matchup that turned big men into point guards and 3-point shooters while relegating defense to an afterthought. The former Tar Heels were led by NBA champion Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, who scored a game-high 39 points.

The former Wildcats also got 22 points and eight rebounds from the Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones. Recent NBA draft picks from UK including Karl-Anthony Towns (2 points), Aaron Harrison (6), Eric Bledsoe (12), Willie Cauley-Stein (4), Devin Booker (14), Andrew Harrison (10), Trey Lyles (14) and Dakari Johnson (5) also played for the Cats.

Anthony Davis, MVP of Kentucky's 2012 national championship squad and current NBA All-Star with the New Orleans Pelicans, served as the UK coach for the night.

"I wanted him to lose so he could see how hard it is," joked current UK head coach John Calipari, whose charitable foundation organized the event.

North Carolina's roster was substantially shorter due to some high-profile players not being able to accomodate the timing of the event, but it gathered James Michael McAdoo, Dexter Strickland, Shammond Williams, Jerry Stackhouse, Leslie McDonald, Bobby Frasor and Wes Miller. McAdoo, a teammate of Barnes with the newly-crowned NBA champs, added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the former Tar Heels.

The event drew an estimated crowd of more than 16,000 to Rupp Arena.

"The fans are crazy and you guys (in the media) are crazy," Calipari told an unseasonably-large crowd of reporters that awaited him after the game. "It's September. It's a pick-up game.

"These guys raised a lot of money for a lot of good things. It's a great thing to do. Let me praise North Carolina. Obviously, some of the guys weren't able to come, but they played and Harrison Barnes wants us to go back (to Chapel Hill) next year, which we may do. It may be something we do, take our team to North Carolina and raise money for charity that way."

The table below is a list of charity organizations that were supported with funds raised from this weekend's event:

Beneficiary

4 Paws For Ability

The Starkey Hearing Foundation

Kids 2 Camp

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Equip, John Maxwell Group

Golden Door Scholars

CISE

Stand Up To Cancer

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Louisville Zoo

Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project

United Way of Central KY

UNC Children's Hospital

HOF Legacy Fund in Memory of Dean Smith

Samaritans Feet

Urban League of Lexington Fayette County

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