LEWIS | Top-ranked Cats crush Cleveland State
Freshman Malik Monk set a UK record for three pointers and head coach John Calipari set a Rupp Arena record for victories in Wednesday's 31-point victory.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) - Playing as the No. 1 team in the countryfor the first time this season, the Kentucky Wildcats rolled to a 101-70 victory over Cleveland State (1-3).
Freshman Malik Monk led the Wildcats with 23 points. UK head coach John Calipari had Monk playing point guard in the absence of Isaiah Briscoe, who is day-to-day with a back injury he suffered during UK's win over Duquesne on Sunday.
"I want him to drive the ball more and get to the rim ... I know he can shoot threes," Calipari said, following Monk's 4-for-6 performance from behind the three-point arc. "But I don't want him to settle for that."
"Malik has a chance of being special. When I put him in at point guard, I told him at the end 'you played like a shooting guard would play point. If you want to be a point, you've got to play like a point guard.'"
Monk now has more 3-pointers than any other player in UK history over the first five games.
"I didn't even know," Monk said. "I was just playing basketball."
Wednesday's victory was Calipari's 123rd win at Rupp Arena, surpassing the record set by former coach Joe B. Hall.
UK (5-0) returns to Rupp Arena on Friday night to take on UT-Martin, and then it's on the Bahamas to take on Arizona State on Monday.
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