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Highlights, Box Score, Postgame Notes from Kentucky Wildcats beating Auburn

UK erupted down the stretch to turn a close game into a 20-point win.

Auburn v Kentucky Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Even with as much firepower as Kentucky, the Cats won’t always win pretty.

The last two games are an example of this, as UK has now grinded out back-to-back slobber-knockers that were much closer than anyone anticipated. but just like Tuesday's thriller at Vandy, Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe came up big to help UK score a 92-72 win.

Monk was the star of the show, going for 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with six assists. Briscoe finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, seven of which came in the second half. He added five assists and three boards.

Wenyen Gabriel was a beast on the boards with a career-high 16 rebounds. He added six points, two blocks and a steal for good measure.

Here is the final box score:

Enjoy the highlights of win No. 15:

Here are the postgame notes and milestones, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 15-2 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 11-6, 1-4 in the SEC.
  • This is the third time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first five league games.
  • Kentucky leads the series 92-18, including 47-2 in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Mississippi State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the 11th time this season. UK is 9-2 with this lineup.
  • After making only one 3-point shot Tuesday at Vanderbilt, Kentucky came out hot from long distance today. The Wildcats made 8-of-12 on 3-pointers in the first half – including their first two baskets by Gabriel and Monk -- extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 992 consecutive games.
  • Trailing 13-10, Kentucky went on a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
  • Kentucky added a 9-0 spurt to go ahead 36-25.
  • The Wildcats led by 13 points on two occasions in the first half and went to intermission with a 51-39 advantage.
  • It was the eighth time this season that UK tallied at least 50 points in the first half.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky increased the lead to 14 points at 58-44 before Auburn went on a 12-2 run, pulling within 60-56.
  • Briscoe responded with a 3-pointer and a layup.
  • Auburn refused to go away, getting back within 70-64.
  • At that point, Kentucky put the game away with a 14-4 spurt, giving the Wildcats an 84-68 advantage.
  • Kentucky went on to a 92-72 victory, its largest lead of the game.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the field. It is the 12th time this season and fifth game in a row that the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.
  • Kentucky also shot a season-high 57.9 percent on 3-pointers, making 11 of 19.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures; it’s the eighth straight game that at least one Wildcat tallied 20 or more points.
  • Led by Wenyen Gabriel’s career-high 16 rebounds, UK won the board battle 40-28.
  • Calipari has a 677-189 (.782) on-court record, including a 232-49 (.826) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 555-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
  • UK is 128-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
  • UK has a 43-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.

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