Kentucky beats Michigan State in first big test of the season

11/15/2016 09:14 PM

The second ranked Kentucky basketball team showed up in their first big test of the season. The Wildcats (3-0) beat No. 13 Michigan State (0-2) 69-48 behind strong individual performances from Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk. Monk was on fire from three-point range, scoring 23 points and making seven threes. Briscoe had 21 points for the second straight game and grabbed five rebounds.

It was a back-and-forth affair to start the game. The game was tied at 12 with 13:45 left in the game when the Wildcats went on a 14-2 run to extend their lead 26-14. Michigan State came back towards the end of the half to cut the lead to 28-24. The Wildcats went into the half up 34-26. Malik Monk had a strong first half, scoring 14 points on 5-10 shooting.

Kentucky took control early in the second half and led by double digits from the 15-minute mark for the rest of the game.

Kentucky’s defense held Michigan State to 32% shooting from the floor and forced the Spartans to commit 21 turnovers. Michigan State super freshman Miles Bridges scored only six points and committed nine turnovers. Meanwhile, Kentucky shot 38% from the floor. The Spartans did out-rebound Kentucky on the boards 45-40.

Overall, it was a strong performance for this young Kentucky team. Next up for Kentucky is Duquense on Sunday night at Rupp Arena.


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