Wenyen Gabriel gets a double-double plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Kentucky is 5-0. Cleveland State is 1-3.
  • Kentucky leads the series 3-0.
  • Kentucky is now 2-0 in this year’s Bluegrass Showcase, with wins over Cleveland State and Duquesne.
  • Kentucky wraps up the Bluegrass Showcase Friday at 7 p.m. against UT Martin. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Dominique Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season.
    • It is the first time that two Kentuckians and two seniors started since March 4, 2014, when Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson opened on Senior Day.
  • Kentucky began the game with a 7-0 run and never trailed.
  • Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 18:31 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 980 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky steadily extended the advantage and led 56-35 at halftime.
  • It is the second straight game that UK hit the 50-point mark in the opening stanza. The Wildcats tallied 50 vs. Duquesne.
  • 56 points are the most for Kentucky in a first half since tallying 57 – most in the first half in the John Calipari era – against Arkansas on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • It was a productive half for the Wildcat guards, as Monk led the first-half scoring parade with 19 points and four assists while Fox netted 12 points and six assists.
    • Monk’s 19 points is the third-most for a player in the first half during the Calipari era.

 In the Second Half

  • Kentucky led by as many as 41 points at 95-54.
  • Tai Wynyard’s tip-in with 31 seconds left put UK over the century mark with 101 points. It is UK’s first triple-digit game since tallying 110 vs. Auburn on Feb. 21, 2015.

Team Notes

  • This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with five straight wins.
  • CSU shot 39.1 percent from the field (25 of 64), the third consecutive game that the opponent has been held under 40 percent.
  • The Vikings hit just six of 27 on 3-pointers. 22.2 percent. For the season Wildcat opponents are making only 21.2 percent of their threes.
  • CSU had 19 turnovers today. UK opponents have committed at least 18 miscues in every game this season.
  • UK shot 52.1 percent from the field today, the third time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots.
  • Kentucky shot 37.5 percent from long range, its best 3-point figure of the season.
  • UK had a season-high 25 assists.
  • The Wildcats won rebounding today 47-36 and dominated points in the paint, 52-20.
  • Kentucky had two players (Fox and Gabriel) post double-doubles, first time that happened since Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee did so vs. LSU on March 5, 2016.
  • Kentucky has a 37-game win streak at home against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 667-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 222-47 (.825) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 550-64 (.896) in Rupp Arena.
    • UK is 123-4 (.969) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
    • Calipari broke the record held by Joe B. Hall for the most coaching victories in Rupp Arena. Hall was 122-14 (.897) in the building.
    • The current 41-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals.

Player Notes  

  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox notched 16 points and 11 assists, his second double-double of the season.
    • Fox has scored in double figures and led UK in assists in all five games this season.
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points, tying his season best (also vs. Michigan State) and has reached double figures in all five games this season.
    • Monk’s 19 points in the first half tied for the third-most in a first half in the Calipari era.
    • He also had four assists, his best as a Wildcat.
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabriel amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, his first UK double-double, and season highs in all three categories.
  • Senior Mychal Mulder had a career-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the second game in a row.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had 14 points, tying his Wildcat best, adding seven rebounds.
  • Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed an efficient 11 minutes with nine points and nine rebounds, tying his career high for points.
  • Freshman Tai Wynyard played four productive minutes with four points and three rebounds.

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