No. 1 Kentucky runs away quickly from Cleveland State 101-70

Cleveland State's Rob Edwards, left, looks for an opening on Kentucky's Malik Monk (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Malik Monk scored 23 points and De'Aaron Fox added 16 to propel No. 1 Kentucky to a 101-70 rout of Cleveland State on Wednesday.

With leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman duo picked up the slack and did it quickly, helping Kentucky (5-0) roll to a 16-2 lead that was never threatened. They combined for 31 first-half points alone, with 19 from Monk, whose 4-for-4 start from long range and 8-of-12 shooting overall helped him match his career scoring best.

Bam Adebayo added 14 points and seven rebounds while Mychal Mulder matched a career high with 13 for Kentucky, which shot a season-best 52 percent from the field in the second of three games in the Bluegrass Showcase.

Rob Edwards' 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting led Cleveland State (1-3), which couldn't keep up with the Wildcats on either end and trailed 56-35 at the break.

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