UK Men's Basketball

Monk’s 47 points among top 10 scoring performances in Kentucky basketball history

University of Kentucky freshman Malik Monk’s 47 points against North Carolina on Saturday was a top-10 all-time performance for a Wildcat.

Monk’s output also was the most ever by a UK freshman and the most of any player in men’s college basketball this season.

Led by Monk, Kentucky defeated North Carolina 103-100 in the CBS Sports Classic at Las Vegas. Monk made 18 of 28 shot attempts from the field, including eight of 12 from three-point range. He also made three of five free throw attempts.

Jodie Meeks, who now plays for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, holds the Kentucky single-game scoring record with 54 points. Meeks put up 54 in a 90-72 victory at Tennessee on Jan. 13, 2009.

Here are the top 10 scoring games in UK men’s basketball history, now including Monk’s performance:

1. Jodie Meeks, 54 — 90-72 win at Tennessee on Jan. 13, 2009.

2. Dan Issel, 53 — 120-85 win at Mississippi on Feb. 7, 1970.

3. Cliff Hagan, 51 — 86-59 win over Temple on Dec. 5, 1953.

3. Dan Issel, 51 — 121-105 win at LSU on Feb. 21, 1970.

5. Bob Burrow, 50 — 107-65 win over LSU on Jan. 14, 1956.

6. Malik Monk, 47 — 103-100 win over North Carolina on Dec. 17, 2016.

6. Dan Issel, 47 — 98-89 win at Alabama on Feb. 23, 1970.

8. Jodie Meeks, 46 — 93-69 win over Appalachian State on Dec. 20, 2008.

9. Jodie Meeks, 45 — 79-63 win at Arkansas on Feb. 14, 2009.

10. Dan Issel, 44 — 109-99 win over Notre Dame on March 12, 1970.

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