UK escapes NKU in NCAA opener 79-70

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky never distanced itself from Northern Kentucky in Indianapolis.  UK held off a late run by the Norse for the 79-70 win.

De’Aaron Fox had a team-high 19 points.  Isaiah Briscoe finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds.  Bam Adebayo’s double-double helped the Cats claim victory as well.  Bam finished with 15 points, 18 boards.

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Malik Monk was once again off, but managed to tally 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

NKU was led by Lavone Holland II’s game-high 22 points.  Carson Williams finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds.

The Cats advance to play Wichita State Sunday in Indy.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com