Malik Monk’s 27 points last night set the school record for most points scored by a freshman against an SEC opponent ranked in the AP Top 25 pic.twitter.com/PyA4CnTLKq
– Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 22, 2017
With all of the freshmen that’s played in the John Calipari era, it’s hard to believe that one has never scored 24+ points in a big SEC game. Last night, Malik Monk put his name in the school’s record books again.
This time, it’s for Monk’s 27 points against #24 South Carolina, making him the highest scoring Freshman against a top-25 SEC opponent in school history.
With De’Aaron Fox going out of the game, it definitely changed how the offense operated. Monk credited teammate Isaiah Briscoe for helping him to get his shots, even when it meant sacrificing Briscoe’s opportunities:
“He gave up his scoring abilities to get me the ball. That’s a great leader because he didn’t have to do that. He’s a great teammate.”
What did Monk say about not having De’Aaron Fox on the court?
“The game changed a lot, because he changes the game as soon as he comes in and as soon as he comes out. We had to adjust real fast and hopefully he’s well. Fox is a leader and brings energy. We’ve never had to really play without him, so without him we had to figure out what to do.”
Luckily, Dominique Hawkins was there to pick up the slack, helping Kentucky to stay ahead of South Carolina:
“Dom always steps up. Whenever we need something, that’s who we count on, so he’s great to have on the team.”
There’s a good possibility that Monk could break his own record again, as long as other top SEC teams are nationally ranked.