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UK Scores 20th Win of Season at Ole Miss, 84-70

This story appears courtesy of KY Forward and is written by James Pennington. KY Forward's coverage of UK Athletics is sponsored by Republic Bank.

No. 18 Kentucky has suffered from slow starts this season, and Tuesday’s game at Ole Miss was the opposite of that. After the Wildcats missed seven of their first 10 shots, it’s hard to imagine they could have done much better. They hit 10 of their next 11 from the field and scored 16 unanswered, taking a 15-point lead in the first that ballooned as wide as 22 points with 9:10 to play.

But Ole Miss had life in it, or Kentucky’s defense had life to give to it—really, it was both, because the Rebels were hitting all kinds of shots but getting an inordinate amount of space and offensive rebounds to put in some of them—and the Rebels came back. They even trimmed the lead as narrow as six points at 76-70 with less than two minutes to go.

But Kentucky held on for a 84-70 win.

Julius Randle had a double-double at halftime (10 points, 10 rebounds) and finished with 25 points and 13 boards. He made 13 of 14 from the foul line, including 11 in a row late in the game. He was one of four Wildcats in double figures. Aaron Harrison had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists; James Young had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists; and Andrew Harrison had 10 points, four assists and three boards.

KyForward.com was not in Oxford, Miss., for Tuesday’s game. This report was compiled via television coverage.

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