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No. 1 Kentucky struggles but beats Illinois State, 75-63

No. 1 Kentucky struggles but beats Illinois State, 75-63

Isaiah Briscoe scored 18 points, Jamal Murray had 16 and No. 1 Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from Illinois State and win, 75-63, Monday night at Lexington, Ky.

Outhustled on both ends by the athletic Redbirds through 20 minutes while adjusting to playing without injured starting point guard Tyler Ulis (elbow), the Wildcats (7-0) emerged from halftime more physical and used that energy to gain some breathing room.

Outrebounded, 20-12, in the first half, Kentucky beat Illinois State, 27-17, on the boards and held the Redbirds (3-5) to 29% shooting in the second half.

Marcus Lee had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Alex Poythress had 11 points for...

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