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Monk scores 47, hits key 3 as Kentucky tops North Carolina

LAS VEGAS (AP) Midway through the first half, a frustrated North Carolina fan stood and screamed at Malik Monk.

''You can miss!'' she yelled, before pausing and changing tactics. ''Please?'' she added.

Monk rarely complied, setting a Kentucky freshman record with 47 points and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left to lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats past No. 7 North Carolina 103-100 on Saturday.

''If you watched that game, if you never liked basketball, you're going to start liking basketball,'' Kentucky coach John Calipari said. ''Like, wow.''

North Carolina's Justin Jackson nearly outshined Monk with 34 points, and his basket with 45 seconds left put the Tar Heels (10-2) ahead after trailing much of the second half.

Monk responded with a right-wing 3 in transition to put Kentucky up 101-100 - going against Calipari's wishes.

''Coach told me to drive, but I was hot and I shot it,'' Monk said.

Good choice.

After Isaiah Hicks only hit the backboard at the other end, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds left.

North Carolina got the ball in the front court with less than a second left. But Kenny Williams' desperation 3 at the buzzer got lodged between the rim and backboard.

''Heck of a college basketball game if you don't care who won,'' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. ''But I do care who wins. . Malik was off the charts.''

Monk hit 18 of 28 shots, including 8 of 12 3-point attempts, scoring in various ways in an electric performance that was the most points in Division I this season. Only Duke's Dick Groat (48 points) in 1952 has scored more against the Tar Heels.

And Kentucky needed Monk's huge effort to offset Jackson's four 3s and 10 free throws in a game played at a furious pace.

''Those are games you live for,'' Fox said.

Fox added 24 points for Kentucky (10-1), which shot 54 percent from the field. North Carolina shot 53 percent. They combined for 37 assists and just 19 turnovers.

The Tar Heels fell to 52-2 when they score 100 points under Williams and 180-4 when they shoot better than 50 percent.

Joel Berry II returned from injury to score 23 points for the Tar Heels, but was slowed by foul trouble in the second half.

The enthusiastic crowd at the new T-Mobile Arena just off the Las Vegas Strip made it feel like an Elite Eight game. The quality of play in the CBS Sports Classic matchup gave it more of a Final Four feel.

With two of the highest-scoring and fastest teams squaring off, Calipari joked earlier in the week he and Williams would be constantly yelling, ''Get back!'' on defense.

In the 38th meeting between the schools, Monk dominated early and Kentucky raced to a 12-point lead. Jackson and Berry, who returned from a two-game absence due to a sprained left ankle, kept scoring off the dribble as North Carolina closed to 56-51 at halftime.

There was hardly time to catch a breath. Kentucky took a 10-point lead in the second half. The Tar Heels rallied to tie it on Tony Bradley's two free throws with 2:51 left and went ahead on Jackson's 3 with 1:33 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: Monk couldn't have put on a better display in a bigger setting, solidifying his star status and putting fear into Southeastern Conference opponents.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels never slowed the pace and was happy playing up-tempo for 40 minutes. But foul trouble and the inability to contain Monk and others off the dribble cost them a chance at a big pre-conference victory.

RECORD GREAT

Jamal Murray (last season) and Terrence Jones (2011) held the previous Kentucky record for points in a game by a freshman with 35.

TECHNICALLY UPSET

Livid with the third foul called on Hicks while the forward was sprawled on the floor midway through the first half, Williams took off his jacket and fired it into the bench, earning a technical foul from referee Roger Ayers.

''He gets some of the worst breaks of any player I've ever seen,'' Williams said of Hicks.

UP NEXT

It gets no easier for Kentucky, which travels to rival No. 11 Louisville on Wednesday.

North Carolina hosts Northern Iowa on Wednesday and Monmouth on Dec. 28 before its ACC opener Dec. 31 at Georgia Tech.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Kentucky 0.0
  Kenny Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Kenny Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on De'Aaron Fox 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Luke Maye 1.0
+ 1 De'Aaron Fox made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 De'Aaron Fox made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 De'Aaron Fox made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Kentucky 3.0
  Personal foul on Joel Berry II 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Wenyen Gabriel 3.0
Team Stats
Points 103 100
Field Goals 40-74 (54.1%) 35-66 (53.0%)
3-Pointers 10-18 (55.6%) 9-17 (52.9%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 21-28 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 35
Offensive 12 7
Defensive 20 24
Team 7 4
Assists 19 18
Steals 4 4
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 9 9
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 0 1
47 PTS, 2 AST
34 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 6 Kentucky 10-1 5647103
home team logo 7 North Carolina 10-2 5149100
Team Stats
away team logo 6 Kentucky 10-1 76.2 PPG 41.4 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo 7 North Carolina 10-2 83.4 PPG 46.6 RPG 18.2 APG
Key Players
00
M. Monk G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Jackson F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Monk G 47 PTS 0 REB 2 AST
J. Jackson F 34 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
54.1 FG% 53.0
55.6 3PT FG% 52.9
61.9 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Monk 38 47 0 2 1 0 2 0 18/28 8/12 3/5 0 0
D. Fox 35 24 4 10 2 0 2 1 9/21 0/2 6/7 0 4
E. Adebayo 19 13 7 1 0 0 0 5 6/11 0/0 1/3 4 3
I. Briscoe 38 10 7 4 0 1 1 4 4/6 1/1 1/2 3 4
W. Gabriel 21 4 6 0 0 1 2 3 1/3 0/1 2/3 3 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Monk 38 47 0 2 1 0 2 0 18/28 8/12 3/5 0 0
D. Fox 35 24 4 10 2 0 2 1 9/21 0/2 6/7 0 4
E. Adebayo 19 13 7 1 0 0 0 5 6/11 0/0 1/3 4 3
I. Briscoe 38 10 7 4 0 1 1 4 4/6 1/1 1/2 3 4
W. Gabriel 21 4 6 0 0 1 2 3 1/3 0/1 2/3 3 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Willis 19 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 1
I. Humphries 20 2 5 0 0 0 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/1 2 3
D. Hawkins 9 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
S. Killeya-Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. David - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mulder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Pulliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wynyard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Calipari - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 103 32 19 4 2 9 20 40/74 10/18 13/21 12 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Jackson 36 34 5 3 1 0 0 0 10/17 4/7 10/15 0 5
J. Berry II 34 23 5 7 2 0 3 5 9/15 3/5 2/2 0 5
K. Meeks 20 12 7 0 0 1 2 5 5/7 0/0 2/3 2 5
I. Hicks 15 10 3 1 0 1 0 4 5/10 0/0 0/0 1 2
K. Williams 34 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Jackson 36 34 5 3 1 0 0 0 10/17 4/7 10/15 0 5
J. Berry II 34 23 5 7 2 0 3 5 9/15 3/5 2/2 0 5
K. Meeks 20 12 7 0 0 1 2 5 5/7 0/0 2/3 2 5
I. Hicks 15 10 3 1 0 1 0 4 5/10 0/0 0/0 1 2
K. Williams 34 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Maye 21 11 3 0 1 0 1 0 4/6 2/3 1/2 1 2
T. Bradley 15 8 4 1 0 1 0 3 1/5 0/0 6/6 2 2
N. Britt 14 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
B. Robinson 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
S. Woods 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Coker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rohlman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 100 31 18 4 5 9 22 35/66 9/17 21/28 7 24