Huge second half by Malik Monk propels Kentucky to win over Florida

02/25/2017 06:30 PM

Photo: UK Athletics

Things did not look good for Kentucky early against Florida on Saturday. After getting blasted by 22 points in an earlier matchup in Gainesville, the Cats were hoping to show they were a different team the second time around against the Gators. An 8-0 lead for Florida to start the game looked like the beginning of the end for the Cats, but John Calipari’s team clawed their way back and eventually walked away with a 76-66 win.

Playing without De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky was a mess in the first half, but somehow found themselves tied at the half, 28-28. In the final 20 minutes, it became the Malik Monk show as the freshman scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half, and Kentucky pulled away from Florida in the final five minutes.

Monk topped 30 points for the 4th time this season, which is the most of any player under John Calipari at UK. He also added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Bam Adebayo also played well for Kentucky, finishing with 18 points and 15 boards.

The win puts the Cats in sole possession of first place in the SEC.

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