Kentucky makes history plus boxscore and other game notes

Skal Labissiere - photo by Walter Cornett

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  • Kentucky is 27-8 and has won six in a row. Stony Brook ends the season 26-7.
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series 2-0.
  • This was the first time the two have met in the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Kentucky is making its national-record 55th NCAA Tournament.
  • UK is 45-10 in tournament openers and has won 23 of its last 24 first-round tournament games.  UK owns a 121-48 record all-time in NCAA action, with its .716 winning percentage the fourth best in NCAA history.
  • This is Kentucky’s fourth time as a No. 4-seed. Kentucky is 6-2 in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed.
  • The Wildcats are 2-0 in No. 4 vs. No. 13 games.
  • The Wildcats broke the NCAA Tournament record for most blocks in a game with 15. The previous record was 14, accomplished UK’s national championship 1998 team, vs. UCLA in the Sweet 16.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere for the ninth time this year and sixth game in a row. UK is 8-1 with this lineup.
  • Tied at 10-10 with 11:25 to play, Kentucky outscored Stony Brook 23-9 to close the half.
  • Kentucky held Stony Brook to 19 points the fewest point by a UK opponent in a half this season. The previous fewest was 20 vs. Missouri (Jan. 27).
  • Stony Brook’s previous first-half low this season was 25 points (three times).
  • Labissiere blocked five shots, the most by any Wildcat in a first half this year.

 In the Second Half

  • Derek Willis extended UK’s streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 974 with a triple at the 16:06
  • Kentucky opened the second half on a 9-4 run over the first 2:53.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky blocked a season-high 15 shots. That mark is the single-game NCAA Tournament record for all teams.
  • All five starters scored in double figures, but none scored more than 20.
    • That snapped a 24- game streak where a Wildcat has scored at least 20 points, the longest such streak since a Cat scored 20 or more in all 28 games of the 1969-70 season.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 662-186 (.781) all-time record, including a 217-46 (.825) mark at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky is now 133-5 under Coach Calipari, and 17-0 this season, when holding opponents to fewer than 63 points.

Player Notes

  • Freshman Jamal Murray had 19 points, including 2 of 7 on 3-pointers, adding seven rebounds and two blocks.
    • He tied his career-high with two blocks.
    • He added to his UK freshman scoring record, now standing at 704 points.
    • It is his 33nd consecutive double-figure scoring game.
    • He has scored at least eight points in all 35 games this season, extending his school-record for most consecutive games with 8 or more points at the start of a career.
    • He has made at least one 3-point shot in every game this season, the first player in Kentucky history to make a triple in each of his first 35 collegiate games.
    • It’s also a school record for most consecutive games with a 3 to begin a season, regardless of year in school.
    • He has 112 3-pointers this season, most ever by a Southeastern Conference freshman.
    • His 112 3-pointers are the second-most by a freshman in NCAA history. The national freshman record is 122 by Stephen Curry of Davidson in 2006-07.
    • He has made two or more 3-pointers in 17 straight games.
    • Overshadowed by his prolific scoring, the 6-4 Murray has become an aggressive rebounder. He had seven rebounds today and 45 rebounds over the last seven games, averaging 6.4 boards per game during that span.
    • He broke the 700-point plateau, today. The other UK players with 700-plus points in a single season: Dan Issel, Jodie Meeks, Jamal Mashburn, Kevin Grevey, Ron Mercer, Kenny Walker.
  • Freshman Skal Labissere scored 12 points, blocked a season-high-tying six shots and grabbed four rebounds.
    • His six blocks tied for the second most by a Wildcat in an NCAA Tournament game.
    • He has scored in double-figures in three of the last six games.
  • Freshman Isaiah Briscoe totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds.
    • He had his second double-double of the season, and first since his first game of the season.
    • Has scored double figures in 19 games this season.
  • Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored 10 and assisted seven.
    • He now has 243 assists this season. He broke John Wall’s (2008-09) Kentucky single-season assists record with a dish to Jamal Murray in the second half.
    • He extended his school-record streak of 28 consecutive games with at least four assists.
  • Senior Alex Poythress had 12 points.
  • Junior Derek Willis totaled scored eight points and blocked two shots.
    • He was 3 of 3 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range.
    • Has made 34 of 51 shots (.667) in the last five games since returning from a foot injury.

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