Fox does not mind being the closer when needed

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

In Kentucky’s last six games, De’Aaron Fox has averaged almost 20 points per game, got to the foul line 45 times and shot over 50 percent from the field.

More importantly, he’s become the closer for UK with his late scoring and did it again in Sunday’s win over Wichita State.

“There’s been a couple games like that. The first one was, I think, Mississippi State. I think the SEC tournament, I was really good down the stretch. Also, the Georgia game, at Georgia, I was good down the stretch. So it’s just been a few games. We don’t have a go-to person down the stretch because we’ve got multiple guys that can get it done,” Fox said.

“If it’s my turn, I do it. Malik (Monk) hit a big 3 off the dribble, and he knocked down clutch-free throws. Whoever hands the ball ends up in, that’s who does it.”

Wichita State tried to stop him late by going to a zone defense. He went right through it.

“They had been playing man most of the whole half. I think they got in the 1-3-1, some type of defense. I called it out. It came from the right wing. I called it, and I saw nobody behind my defender,” Fox said.

“Most of the time, I’m not looking at the guy guarding me. When I saw there was nobody there and I had a clear lane, I just took it.”

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