Cats rout Arizona State in Atlantis behind De’Aaron Fox’s triple-double


Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox dribbles down the court and focuses on the basket during the game against UT Martin at Rupp Arena on Friday, November 25, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 111-76. Photo by Lydia Emeric | Staff 

By Chris Angolia

Any bit of relaxation that UK basketball may have had while in the Bahamas clearly did not carry over to the court Monday night as the Cats dismantled Arizona State 115-69.

The 3-2 lead that the Sun Devils had for 0:23 seconds was the only time that ASU was ahead in the game, as UK quickly got going in all aspects of the game and never let up. The 115 points scored by the Cats was the third straight game that the team broke 100 points, and it was the first time that has been done since 1977.

It was clear that Monday’s game was a mismatch, and the 20-5 run that the Cats finished the first half only widened the gap between the two teams. And with eight different guys on the score sheet in the first half, UK was able to use its 53 percent shooting from the field to take a 58-30 lead into the locker room.

Firing on all cylinders and up 28 heading into the second half, freshman guard De’Aaron Fox was on triple-double watch with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists after 20 minutes. And for the second time in UK history, Fox was able to get a triple-double with 14 points, 11 boards, and 10 assists. Fox joined Chris Mills in 1988 as the other Cats player to record a triple-double in the programs history.

However, it was not just Fox who had a big night as fellow guards Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe each had 20+ points and Bam Adebayo added 12 points of his own and snatched nine rebounds. 

With the blowout of the Sun Devils on Monday night, the Cats have made things look easy in route to their 7-0 start, but things are going to pickup this weekend when UK hosts No. 11 UCLA.