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.


Clayton Abernathy

Clayton Abernathy is the producer for KSTV. A recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, Clayton covered UK sports throughout his four year college career for various radio and television stations, including an internship with KSTV last summer. He is passionate about UK sports, and loves to apply that passion to his work every day. He loves to eat, run, explore nature, jam with his buddies, and play basketball and golf on the weekends. You can follow Clayton on Twitter @Abernathy_cn2.

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