Malik Monk's historic performance leads Kentucky past North Carolina

12/17/2016 07:57 PM

College basketball fans received an early Christmas present tonight, as Kentucky and North Carolina played in one of the most exciting games of the season so far.

The No. 6 Wildcats outlasted No. 7 North Carolina 103-100 to improve to 10-1 on the season.

Malik Monk stole the show, scoring 47 points, the most ever by a Kentucky freshmen in program history. Monk shot 18-28 from the floor, including 8-12 from the three-point line. With Kentucky down 100-98 with 16 seconds left, Monk hit the go-ahead three-pointer to give Kentucky the win.

It was a fast paced game. Both teams shot over 50% and limited their turnovers. Kentucky shot 54% and North Carolina shot 53% from the floor. The Wildcats and Tar Heels combined to commit only 19 turnovers.

De’Aaron Fox also had a strong performance for Kentucky, scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Rebounding proved to be a big key for the Cats. North Carolina’s rebounding was expected to be a big problem for Kentucky, but the Wildcats won the battle of the boards 39-35. The difference proved to be on the offensive glass. Kentucky grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and North Carolina grabbed 10.

Kentucky can’t celebrate long, as they will now get ready to take on No. 11 Louisville this coming Wednesday at 7:00 at the KFC YUM! Center.

Make sure to watch KSTV on Monday for a full recap of Kentucky’s big win.

Full box score here:

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. 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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