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NCAA.com | February 25, 2017

Malik Monk's huge second half helps Kentucky sink Florida

  Malik Monk exploded for 30 points in the second half in Kentucky's victory.

At the half, Kentucky freshman Malik Monk had just three points against five turnovers.

At the final buzzer, it was 33 points and just one additional cough-up.

Monk and Edrice Adebayo combined to overwhelm No. 13 Florida in the final 20 minutes and secure a 76-66 victory at home for the No. 11 Wildcats. KeVaughn Allen led the way for the Gators with 24 points.

Take a look below for a complete recap of the afternoon contest at Rupp Arena.

Players to watch

KeVaughn Allen made three 3-pointers and shot 13-of-14 from the free-throw line Tuesday against South Carolina to lead Florida with 26 points. Allen’s 3-pointers were especially significant after the Gators shot 0-of-17 from the perimeter against the Gamecocks earlier this season.

Kentucky forward Edrice Adebayo had 22 points and 15 rebounds against Missouri Wednesday night to record his fourth career double-double. Adebayo leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game and is the Wildcats’ third-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game.

Key stats

Florida limits its opponents to an average of 65.9 points per game.

Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk leads the SEC in scoring at 21.1 points per game.

The Gators’ 88-66 win over Kentucky on Feb. 4 was the largest margin of victory for Florida in the series.

The Wildcats are 19-3 this season when winning the rebounding battle.

Florida is 8-2 in true road games this season.

Kentucky is 23-1 this season when shooting 42 percent or better.  

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