Isaiah Briscoe shoots 69% from the field plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • 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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Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.