One of the Kentucky freshmen stepped up big from the outside while the rest of the Wildcats took care of things with defense.
Malik Monk’s 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from 3-point range and the second-ranked Wildcats’ defense that held No. 13 Michigan State to 32.8 percent shooting combined for a 69-48 victory Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
“These guys took some pride defensively here,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Michigan State they run great stuff. They iso and do things that forced us to prepare beyond where we are.”