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Briscoe’s Leadership Carried Kentucky Through Adversity

Briscoe’s New York homecoming could be a breakout game for the rising sophomore star, via UK Athletics.

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The Cats looked like freshmen in the first half against Canisius.  Luckily they had a sophomore to save the day.

“I could tell when we weren’t hitting shots and we came out sluggish, I knew I was going to have to keep us in the game in the first half,” Isaiah Briscoe said after the game.  “In the second half, everybody got loose and we were just playing.”

Briscoe put the team on his back, scoring a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.  He also grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and hit 3 of 4 free throws.  The stats looked good, but he wasn’t concerned about individual accolades.

“I was just doing whatever I needed to do to keep my team in the game.”

When the team was slumping, he became more vocal, telling the freshmen “we’re fine” and “keep calm.”  Unlike the rest of them, he’d seen this type of game before.  Becoming an experienced leader for this young Kentucky team is why Briscoe returned for a second season.

“That was the whole point of me coming back.  (I’m) Just trying to lead these young guys, keep them on the right track and keep them focused.”

Kentucky receives national attention for their exceptional freshmen, but success would’ve been hard to find tonight without their rising sophomore star.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Briscoe’s Leadership Carried Kentucky Through Adversity

  1. onlyone
    10:52 pm November 13, 2016 Permalink

    Undisputed leader of the team.

  2. WeareBBN
    11:05 pm November 13, 2016 Permalink

    Agree and glad he is here as I love his toughness. Wish people would just be honest though as this it is not the only reason he came back. His draft stock went way down due to his shooting percentage, that is the reason he is back. Again I am happy to have him as any title team needs some experience and with our one and done priority a SOPH is usually the most quality experience we have.

  3. Luether
    12:42 am November 14, 2016 Permalink

    Great game and effort by Briscoe…

  4. SoCalCat
    9:51 am November 14, 2016 Permalink

    If Canisius is equivalent to adversity, we’re in for a long season.