Malik Monk leads Kentucky in win over Auburn

01/14/2017 07:22 PM

The sixth ranked Kentucky Wildcats (15-2, 5-0) stayed perfect in the SEC, beating Auburn (11-6, 1-4) 92-72.

Freshman guard Malik Monk led the way once again, scoring 24 points on 8-14 (4-8 3P) shooting. This was his 10th 20-point game of the season.

Four other Wildcats scored in double-figures. Bam Adebayo had an efficient night, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds. De’Aaron Fox scored 13 points, but fouled out early with 7:23 left in the game. Mychal Mulder had 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points.

Wenyen Gabriel had a monster night on the boards, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with his six points.

Kentucky shot a season-best 57% from the floor and have now shot at least 50% in every SEC game. The Wildcats shot 57.9% (11-19) from the three-point line, but only 53% (17-32) from the free-throw line.

The Cats were hot in the first half, making 8-of-12 three-pointers. Their hot shooting helped them go into halftime with a 51-39 lead.

The second half got off to a sluggish start, as Kentucky only scored nine points in the opening eight minutes. Auburn clawed back, thanks to a 12-2 run, to cut the lead to 60-56 with 12:32 left in the game. Isaiah Briscoe responded with a big three and a layup to stop Auburn’s run for the time being.

The Tigers kept fighting and were only down 70-64 two minutes later. Kentucky once again responded, going on a 14-4 run to end Auburn’s hopes.

John Calipari’s group will return to action on Tuesday, as they head to Starkville, Mississippi for a matchup against Mississippi State at 7pm.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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