Kentucky guard Briscoe (back) out against Cleveland State

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe (13) shoots between Duquesne's Isiaha Mike, left, Darius Lewis (00) and Tarin Smith during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sat out top-ranked Kentucky's game against Cleveland State on Wednesday with a back injury the school says will be evaluated daily.

Briscoe, a sophomore guard averaging 18 points a game, was in sweats during pregame warmups and cheered on teammates during the first half. Senior guard Dominique Hawkins started in his place for the Wildcats, who didn't miss a beat in jumping out to a 16-2 lead that grew to 25 late en route to a 56-35 advantage at the break.

Back-to-back 21-point games against Canisius and Michigan State have boosted Briscoe, who returned for a second season after working out with several NBA teams last spring.