Isaiah Briscoe sits out Wednesday, will have back checked daily

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sat out top-ranked Kentucky's 101-70 victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday with a back injury the school says will be evaluated daily.

Briscoe, a sophomore guard averaging 18 points a game, was in sweats during pregame warm-ups and cheered on teammates during the first half.

Senior guard Dominique Hawkins started in his place for the Wildcats, who didn't miss a beat in jumping out to a 16-2 lead that grew to 25 late en route to a 56-35 advantage at the break.

Back-to-back 21-point games against Canisius and Michigan State have boosted Briscoe, who returned for a second season after working out with several NBA teams last spring.