By LARRY VAUGHT
Miss 13 of 15 shots to start the game. Have Malik Monk fail to score in double figures for the first time all season and go just 2-for-10 from the field. Spot host Texas A&M a 16-2 lead.
That would not seem to be the recipe for Kentucky to win on the road, yet that’s just what UK did Saturday when it beat the host Aggies 71-63.
Kentucky got off a slow start for the third straight game and fell behind by double digits early in the game for the third straight time. UK trailed Vanderbilt 25-6 earlier this week and got down by 12 to Florida in the first half a week ago. Kentucky won all three games.
Dominique Hawkins had all eight of his points in the first when UK managed to take a 32-28 lead. De’Aaron Fox had eight straight points early in the second half and finished with 19 points in just 25 minutes of play. He hit back to back 3-pointers in the second half — a big feat considering he only had one prior game this season with two 3-pointers.
Derek Willis had 11 points — he was 3-for-6 on 3-pointers — and six rebounds while Bam Adebayo had 13 points — he was 6-for-7 from the field —and eight rebounds.
Isaiah Briscoe had another game where he was both bad and good. He missed two 3-point tries and three of four free throws. But he finished with 8 assists, seven points and six rebounds.
Monk? He wasn’t scoring but he had five rebounds and three assists. He did not seem as energetic as normal.