Monday, December 19, 2016

UK Player Malik Monk Named SEC Player of the Week 12/19/16


SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky's Malik Monk

Monk, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard from Lepanto, Ark., scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points in the win over No. 7 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. It is the most points scored in a game by an SEC freshman since Chris Jackson scored 55 points against Ole Miss on March 4, 1989. With North Carolina taking a 98-95 lead, Monk hit a 3-pointer to tie things with a little more than a minute to play. Carolina again took a two-point lead, Monk hit his eighth 3-pointer of the game to give UK a 101-100 lead to claim the victory. Monk finished the game going 18-of-28 (.642) from the field and 8-of-12 (.667) from 3-point range. He tied Dan Issel for the sixth-most points ever by a Wildcat in a single game. It is the seventh time this season he has scored 20-plus points.

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