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Monk helps No. 6 Kentucky beat Auburn 92-72

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) No. 6 Kentucky found a way to overcome a little foul trouble in its fifth straight win.

A solid performance from long range provided a nice lift.

Malik Monk made four of Kentucky's 11 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, leading the Wildcats to a 92-72 victory against Auburn on Saturday.

The balanced Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) shot a season-high 57 percent from the field and placed five players in double figures. Edrice ''Bam'' Adebayo had 15 points, and De'Aaron Fox finished with 13.

The physical matchup included 49 fouls between the two teams, with Fox fouling out with 7:23 remaining. Kentucky connected on just 17 of 32 free throws, compared to 5 for 15 at the line for Auburn.

Kentucky senior Mychal Mulder said the Wildcats pulled together to help ease the departure of their starting point guard.

''In that time of the game, it is just time to win,'' Mulder said. ''We lose De'Aaron and it's something that we are going to have to deal with once in a while.''

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the foul issue was because of his team's undisciplined play on defense, especially in the first half.

''Now you know why I do not put guys in in the first half with two fouls. You can't end the game without guards,'' Calipari said. ''If you want to foul and be undisciplined with the kind of fouls you're making where you're pushing up and body-checking guys, you can't be in the game.''

T.J. Dunans led Auburn (11-6, 1-4) with 23 points, and Mustapha Heron had 11.

''We fouled them too much,'' Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said. ''They got in the bonus in the second half. It was going to be very difficult to win that game no matter how close we got it in the second half. You can't miss 10 free throws and expect to make a run and put a score into them.''

Kentucky was coming off an 87-81 win at Vanderbilt that included an uncharacteristically poor performance from beyond the arc, with the Wildcats making just one of their nine 3-point attempts.

They were much better against the Tigers.

Kentucky made eight 3s on its way to a 51-39 lead at the break. The Wildcats finished with 11 3-pointers in 19 attempts.

''We shot pretty well,'' Mulder said. ''We want to see each other shoot the ball well every day. With the work we put in, we expect to reap the rewards from that.''

Mulder had 12 points for Kentucky, and Isaiah Briscoe finished with 10. Wenyan Gabriel grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and finished with six points.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats have made more than 50 percent of their shots in their first five SEC games for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

Auburn: The Tigers forced nine lead changes in the first five minutes, but couldn't keep up with the Wildcats. Auburn has dropped 19 of its last 20 games against Kentucky.

HELLO, DIALLO

Hamidou Diallo, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, enrolled at Kentucky on Wednesday and practiced with the Wildcats on Friday. He sat on the bench Saturday, but wasn't in uniform and doesn't expect to play this season.

''I wouldn't do it for the program or me,'' Calipari said. ''The only way that would happen would be if it were in his best interest. He needs to get squared away, get his base set, and come back and do his thing. That would be my recommendation if you ask me.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky has been No. 6 for the past two weeks, but there could be movement in the poll following No. 1 Baylor's 89-68 loss to West Virginia.

UP NEXT

Auburn: Hosts LSU on Wednesday.

Kentucky: Visits Mississippi State on Tuesday.

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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 5.0
  Bryce Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Mustapha Heron 13.0
  Malik Monk missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Mychal Mulder 40.0
  T.J. Dunans missed 3-pt. jump shot 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Bryce Brown 49.0
  Malik Monk missed jump shot 51.0
  Defensive rebound by Wenyen Gabriel 1:10
  T.J. Dunans missed layup, blocked by Edrice Adebayo 1:12
+ 2 Mychal Mulder made layup 1:40
Team Stats
Points 72 92
Field Goals 29-62 (46.8%) 32-56 (57.1%)
3-Pointers 9-16 (56.3%) 11-19 (57.9%)
Free Throws 5-15 (33.3%) 17-32 (53.1%)
Total Rebounds 28 40
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 16 27
Team 5 3
Assists 8 19
Steals 1 3
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 31 18
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
24 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Auburn 11-6 393372
home team logo 6 Kentucky 15-2 514192
Team Stats
away team logo Auburn 11-6 79.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 6 Kentucky 15-2 75.8 PPG 40.9 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
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T. Dunans G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
M. Monk G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Dunans G 23 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
M. Monk G 24 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
46.8 FG% 57.1
56.3 3PT FG% 57.9
33.3 FT% 53.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dunans 23 2 1 10/20 2/3 1/2 4 36 1 0 3 0 2
M. Heron 11 3 1 4/11 1/2 2/6 3 26 0 0 2 0 3
T. Lang 9 2 0 3/5 3/4 0/2 3 21 0 1 0 1 1
J. Harper 8 0 1 3/7 1/3 1/2 3 25 0 0 3 0 0
A. Wiley 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dunans 23 2 1 10/20 2/3 1/2 4 36 1 0 3 0 2
M. Heron 11 3 1 4/11 1/2 2/6 3 26 0 0 2 0 3
T. Lang 9 2 0 3/5 3/4 0/2 3 21 0 1 0 1 1
J. Harper 8 0 1 3/7 1/3 1/2 3 25 0 0 3 0 0
A. Wiley 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 6 3 1 2/6 2/4 0/0 3 27 0 1 1 0 3
H. Spencer 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 2 2
R. Johnson 3 1 3 1/4 0/0 1/3 1 16 0 0 1 1 0
A. McLemore 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 1 2
L. Smith 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 2
D. Waddell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Keim - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Tate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Cohen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 23 8 29/62 9/16 5/15 31 200 1 2 13 7 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Monk 24 1 6 8/14 4/8 4/4 0 36 0 1 1 0 1
E. Adebayo 15 8 0 4/5 0/0 7/11 2 35 0 3 3 2 6
D. Fox 13 4 5 6/11 1/2 0/2 5 27 1 0 1 1 3
I. Briscoe 10 3 5 4/6 2/2 0/4 4 25 1 0 4 1 2
W. Gabriel 6 16 0 2/8 2/3 0/4 3 29 1 2 0 5 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Monk 24 1 6 8/14 4/8 4/4 0 36 0 1 1 0 1
E. Adebayo 15 8 0 4/5 0/0 7/11 2 35 0 3 3 2 6
D. Fox 13 4 5 6/11 1/2 0/2 5 27 1 0 1 1 3
I. Briscoe 10 3 5 4/6 2/2 0/4 4 25 1 0 4 1 2
W. Gabriel 6 16 0 2/8 2/3 0/4 3 29 1 2 0 5 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mulder 12 1 2 3/5 1/3 5/5 1 15 0 0 1 0 1
D. Hawkins 6 1 1 2/2 1/1 1/2 1 19 0 0 1 0 1
I. Humphries 4 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 1 0
D. Willis 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 2
J. David - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Pulliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wynyard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Calipari - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 37 19 32/56 11/19 17/32 18 200 3 6 13 10 27