Isaiah Jackson notched his first Wildcat double-double plus boxscore and other game notes

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Team Records and Series Notes                                       

  • Kentucky is now 6-13 overall, 5-7 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • Kentucky ended a four-game losing streak and two-game home losing streak.
  • Auburn is 11-11 overall, 5-8 in league play.
    • Kentucky leads the series 96-22, including 50-2 in games played in Lexington.
  • Next: on Wednesday, Kentucky plays at . Tipoff is 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST in Nashville) and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Player Notes   

  • Isaiah Jackson notched his first Wildcat double-double with a career-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He scored 13 points in the decisive second half.
  • Brandon Boston Jr. had 17 points for the second-consecutive game, including 14 points in the second half.
    • He made 5 of 8 on 3-pointers today and 9 of 13 from long range in the past two games.   
    • He also tied career bests with three assists and four steals.
    • He’s the first UK player to hit four or more 3-pointers in consecutive games since Immanuel Quickley had four against on Feb. 22, 2020 and eight at on Feb. 25, 2020.
  • Keion Brooks Jr. came off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds, tying career highs with four assists and two steals.
    • He has scored in double figures in each of the last four games and is averaging 11.6 points per game since returning 10 games ago.
  • Olivier Sarr had nine points, including a 3-pointer, and had a season-high four blocked shots.
    • He has made at least one long shot in each of the last four games, totaling 7 of 11 during that span.
  • Devin Askew had nine points, a career-high-tying five rebounds, and four assists.
    • He has four games in a row with at least four assists.
  • had nine points, including the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 34 seconds to go.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 336-90 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 781-230 all-time on-court record. 
  • UK is 273-52 under Calipari against teams unranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
  • Calipari is 13-5 in his career vs. Auburn.

 Team Notes 

  • Kentucky tied its season high with 82 points and it is the first time this season that UK has eclipsed 80 points in consecutive games.
  • UK’s 52 points in the second half is the most for the Wildcats in any half this season.
  • With 11 3-pointers made today, and 14 made Tuesday vs. , UK’s 25 long balls in consecutive games is the most since making 25 vs. Arkansas and South Carolina in the 1998 SEC Tournament.
    • It is the first time UK has made 11 3s in consecutive games since Feb. 2016 vs. South Carolina and .
  • Free throws were a difference-maker as UK earned its way to the foul line 25 times, making 17, while Auburn had 10 charity tosses, making nine.
  • With 15 assists and 13 turnovers, UK is now 6-2 this season when winning or tying assist/TO margin.
  • Auburn had 17 turnovers, which Kentucky converted to 24 points.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 13 points. UK is 285-11 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during the game, although only 4-3 this season.
  • UK improved to 2-5 this season in games decided by three points or fewer.

In the First Half 

  • Kentucky started Devin Askew, Davion Mintz, Brandon Boston Jr., Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr for the fourth-straight game and seventh time this season. UK is 2-5 with this lineup.
    • was the first substitute at the 15:28 mark.
  • Auburn scored the first five points and led the entire half.
  • UK missed its first seven field goals until Jackson made two foul shots at the 16:11 mark. UK also missed its eighth shot before Jackson’s dunk at the 15:11 mark.
  • Auburn led by as many as nine points at 18-9 before UK had a 7-0 spurt.
  • With Auburn ahead 28-24 at the 3:21 mark, UK fouled and received a technical foul. Auburn made 3 of 4 free throws to go ahead 31-24.  Adding a basket later, Auburn matched its largest lead of the half at 33-24. 
  • Auburn went to halftime ahead 36-30.
    • Kentucky is now 3-8 when trailing at halftime this season.
    • This was the largest halftime home deficit ever overcome vs. Auburn. The previous mark was on Jan. 2, 1980, when UK overcame a five-point halftime home deficit against the Tigers.

In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky opened the second half with the starting lineup.
  • The Wildcats had a quick 8-2 spurt for the first tie of the game at 38.
  • UK took its first lead, 42-41, at 16:38 on a 3-pointer by Sarr. A rebound and layup by Jackson and a 3-pointer by Mintz lengthened the lead to 47-41, coaxing an Auburn timeout at 15:50.
    • All totaled, UK opened the first 4:10 of the half with a 17-5 run.
  • Auburn got a technical foul at 13:12 and when Askew made both free throws, UK improved its lead to 55-45.
  • UK got its largest lead at 13 points at 60-47, coming at the 11:44 spot.
    • At that point, UK already had matched its first half total of 30 points.   
  • At 5:55, Askew made a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 72-60.
    • However, in a span of 10 seconds, Auburn made two foul shots, got a UK offensive foul and layup, then a steal and layup and suddenly it was 72-66 with 5:28 to go.
  • Kentucky was still ahead 75-68 with 3:38 to go when Auburn went on a 9-2 run to tie at 77.
  • On the ensuing possession, with 34 seconds left, Mintz made the shot of the game by nestling the netting on a 3-pointer to shove UK up 80-77.
    • It was the second game in a row that Mintz made a crucial 3 in the final minute.
  • Jackson blocked a shot; recovered and was fouled, making the second one with 22.3 seconds to go (81-77).
  • Auburn missed a layup and dunk, Jackson rebounded, and made the second foul shot with eight seconds left (82-77).
  • Auburn was fouled on a 3-point try with 1.1 seconds on the clock, making all three (82-80).
  • UK inbounded the ball to preserve the win.