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Kentucky tops Northern Kentucky, 79-70

Bam Adebayo (Source: Chet White/UK Athletics) Bam Adebayo (Source: Chet White/UK Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) -  The Kentucky Wildcats defeated in-state foe Northern Kentucky in the first round of the Tournament, 79-70.

De’Aaron Fox was the Cats leading scorer with 19 points in his NCAA Tournament debut.

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Isaiah Briscoe had 17 points and eight rebounds on the night.

NKU hung with Kentucky in the beginning, and went on a 9-0 run to bring it within two, 23-21 with 6:35 left in the first.

But Kentucky responded with a 9-0 run of its own, and led 38-24 at the break.

Fox and Bam Adebayo led all scorers in the first half with 10 points each.

Northern Kentucky shot just 9-37 (24.3%) from the field in the first.

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Adebayo had 15 points and 18 rebounds for a double-double on the night.

Kentucky advances to face Wichita State in the Round of 32 on Sunday. 

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