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Liveblog: Kentucky 90, Monmouth 44

Kentucky tries to extend its five-game winning streak as the Wildcats welcome the winless Monmouth Hawks to Rupp Arena on Wednesday night.

We will be providing live updates, scores and analysis for the 8:30 p.m. tip-off. The game is being televised by the SEC Network. Follow @johnclayiv, @jerrytipton, @benrobertshl, @alexslitzphoto, @markcstory and @kentuckysports.

Final: Kentucky 90, Monmouth 44

Final stats

Cats cruising 82-39 with 3:00 left

UK about to win its sixth straight and improve to 6-1. Monmouth hasn’t put up much resistance. The Hawks are shooting 27.3 percent overall and are just one-of-15 from three-point range.

Kentucky leads 69-34 with 7:53 left

Not a lot to say. Winless Monmouth is not very good. Tyler Herro leads the way with 16 points.

Attendance

The announced attendance for this 8:30 p.m. mid-week game against a winless opponent is 18,680.

Yawn - Kentucky 63, Monmouth 31

There’s 11:38 left. UK is 21-of-40 from the floor for 52.5 percent. The Cats have made six of 18 three-pointers for 33.3 percent. They’ve missed all three of their three-point attempts this half. Kentucky is 15-of-18 from the foul line. Monmouth has made just 13 of 42 shots for 31 percent. The Hawks have clanged all nine of their three-point attempts. Kentucky has a 29-20 advantage on the boards.

Kentucky’s lead is 54-26 with 15:30 left



EJ Montgomery started in place of PJ Washington to start the second half. Tyler Herro now up to 14 points.

Halftime: Kentucky 44, Monmouth 22

Tyler Herro leads the way with 12 points. UK has made 14 of 28 shots for 50 percent. The Cats are six-of-15 from three-point range for 40 percent. And UK is 10-of-12 from the foul line. Monmouth is shooting just 33.3 percent. The Hawks have lived up to their billing as one of the nation’s worst three-point shooting teams. They have missed all five of their shots from beyond the arc.

Kentucky nearly doubles up Monmouth

Cats rolling 39-20 over the winless Hawks with 3:26 left in the first half. The visitors called time to try and stem a 17-2 UK run. Tyler Herro leads UK with 10 points. Reid Travis has seven. Nick Richards just checked in and follow-jammed a miss.

Kentucky 29, Monmouth 18 with 7:10 left in 1H

The visiting Hawks chopped the UK lead to 22-18 with 9:33 left in the half. Then PJ Washington, wearing pink shoes, followed home a jam. Tyler Herro hit a pair of free throws. And Ashton Hagans buried a three-pointer from the right wing to push UK’s advantage back out to 11. Cats have made 10 of 18 shots for 56 percent. Monmouth is eight-of-19 from the floor for 42.1 percent.

Kentucky up 20-12 with 11:56 left in 1H

Cats are seven-of-12 from the floor for 58.3 percent, including four-of-six from three-point range for 66.7 percent. Quade Green and Tyler Herro are each two-of-two from three. Monmouth has made five of 12 shots.

Kentucky jumps to 17-6 lead

Tyler Herro with eight early points. Kentucky on an 11-0 run as Monmouth calls time at 13:53 mark.

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