Backcourt helps Kentucky run away from Canisius, 93-69

Isaiah Briscoe - photo by Walter Cornett
– photo by Walter Cornett

Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox each scored a career-high 21 points, added 16 and No. 2 pulled away from early in the second half for a 93-69 victory Sunday night.

Briscoe topped his previous high of 20 last December at UCLA behind 9-of-13 shooting that helped Kentucky (2-0) rally from a seven-point first half deficit to build a 44-35 halftime advantage.

Freshmen and fellow guards Fox and Monk combined to shoot 11 of 24 en route to career scoring bests in their short careers, while 6-foot-10 newcomer had 14 points and 11 rebounds a game after a foul-plagued debut on Friday.

Kentucky shot 51 percent from the field.

Kassius Robertson had 16 points, Jermaine Crumpton 13 and Phil Valenti 12 for Canisius (0-1) in the coaching debut of Reggie Witherspoon. The Golden Griffins initially pushed the pace and had Kentucky reacting but had no answer for the Wildcats’ backcourt.

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