UK BASKETBALL | Fox's Big Night Propels Wildcats to Third Straight Win

01/07/2017 10:41 PM

In a back-and-forth game that got heated at times, the #6 Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 97 to 71 Saturday night.

It is Kentucky’s (13-2, 2-0) third straight victory.

The UK win prevents Arkansas (12-3, 1-2) from going on a two-game winning streak after it topped Tennessee 82-78 earlier this week.

Kentucky took the lead for good when it took a 25-24 lead with 7:12 to play in the first half after Isaiah Briscoe made the first of three free throws in a row.

Despite Arkansas keeping the game close throughout the first half, the Wildcats were able to find a way to pull away for good in the second half, outscoring the Razorbacks 56 to 33 in the final 20 minutes.

With Malik Monk getting into foul trouble early, someone had to step up. That “someone” was actually two players, De’Aaron Fox and Derek Willis.

Fox finished the game leading all scorers with a career-high 27 points. He went 10-of-16 from the field.

Fox was also perfect at the free throw line, going 7-of-7.

Willis, on the other hand, finished the game tying his season-high with 15 points. Willis’ shooting was sharp, going 6-of-8 from the field. Three of those six field goals were three-pointers.

Three more Wildcats scored in double-figures. Briscoe finished with 15 points, Monk finished with 12 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 11 points.

The game got a bit chippy early in the second half, when Briscoe was apparently stepped on by Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford. Barford then got into it with UK’s Fox, and Fox and Barford both ended up getting assessed technical fouls.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday night in Vanderbilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at Andrew.Chernoff@charter.com.

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