Sunday, November 13, 2016

Notes From Tonights Win Over Canisius

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Canisius at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
November 13, 2016
Attendance: 22,009  

Final Score: No. 2/4 Kentucky 93, Canisius 69
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 2-0. This was the season opener for Canisius. 
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series 3-0. 
  • Kentucky returns to action Tuesday against Michigan State in New York’s Madison Square Garden.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half
  • Kentucky has started the lineup of De’Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo in both games this season.
  • Kentucky got the first basket but Canisius stormed back with nine straight points to make it 9-2. 
  • Trailing 31-27, the Wildcats closed the half with a 17-4 run to go to intermission ahead 44-35.
  • The run was capped with a Monk dunk off a lob from Fox with two seconds remaining.
  • UK drew 16 fouls in the first half and capitalized with 14-of-20 at the foul line.

In the Second Half
  • After the Wildcats missed all seven 3-point tries in the first half, Wenyen Gabriel sank a long ball early in the second period.  It extended Kentucky’s streak of 977 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Ahead 55-46, Kentucky put the game away with an 18-3 spurt for a 73-49 advantage.

Team Notes
  • Kentucky made 31 of 61 field goals tonight, 50.8 percent. The Wildcats have made at least half their shots in each of the first two games of the season.
  • The Wildcats took advantage of their speed to post a 14-0 advantage in fast break points.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 664-187 (.780) on-court record, including a 219-47 (.823) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 548-64 (.895) in Rupp Arena.  
    • UK is 121-4 (.968) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
    • The current 39-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals. 

Player Notes  

  • Isaiah Briscoe had an efficient 9-of-13 shooting night en route to a career-high 21 points.
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 21 points, his first 20-point game as a Wildcat, including a 9-of-9 performance at the free-throw line.  He added a game-high three assists.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo collected a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots.
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half.

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