Kentucky gets back to their winning ways in blowout of Valpo

12/07/2016 11:15 PM

Kentucky returned to their winning ways tonight, blowing out Valparaiso 87 to 63.

The Wildcats used a balanced scoring attack to beat down the Crusaders. Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk led the way for the Cats. Adebayo was too strong down low and finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Monk continued to display his elite athleticism, scoring 15 points. Derek Willis scored 12 points, Isaiah Briscoe added 10 and Mychal Mulder made the most of his opportunities, scoring nine points in 16 minutes of action.

Crusader big man Alec Peters, who is averaging 25.4 points per game this season, had a quiet first half, scoring only seven points. He came alive late in the second half, finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds.

The first four minutes of tonight’s game were sloppy. Kentucky and Valparaiso combined for 12 turnovers. The score was 4-4 with 16:46 left when Kentucky’s offense exploded to go on a 21-0 run over the next 7:02. The Wildcats never looked back in the first half and went into halftime up 45-24.

The second half was no different, as the Cats continued to pour it on the Crusaders. Kentucky extended their lead to 34 points twice in the second half.

Kentucky shot 46% from the floor, while holding Valparaiso to 34% shooting from the floor. The Crusaders committed 19 turnovers and Kentucky scored 19 points off of those opportunities.

Next up for Kentucky is Hofstra on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Tip is set for 3:00.

Derek Willis, Mychal Mulder and Dominique Hawkins spoke after the game about the victory:

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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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