Skal Labissiere’s 26 leads Kentucky’s 87-57 rout of NJIT

Skal Labissiere - photo by Walter Cornett
Skal Labissiere – photo by Walter Cornett

scored 26 points, had a double-double and No. 2 ran away from NJIT 87-57 on Saturday night for its second win in as many nights.

Seeking a strong tuneup with Tuesday night’s showdown looming against defending national champion and fifth-ranked Duke, the Wildcats (2-0) succeeded behind a dominant effort by their 6-foot-11 freshman. Labissiere made 10 of 12 from the field and all six free throws to nearly triple his scoring from the previous night against Albany.

After missing the opener with a bruised knee, Isaiah Briscoe, another freshman, debuted with a team-high 12 rebounds along with 11 points. added 11 points and had 10 as won the first meeting between the schools.

NJIT (0-1) led twice early before being overwhelmed by the taller Wildcats, who dominated the boards 54-23 and held the Highlanders to 31 percent shooting.

Damon Lynn scored 19 points for NJIT.