Hot Shooting First Half, Poise Down the Stretch Lands Cats 10th Straight Win

Hot Shooting First Half, Poise Down the Stretch Lands Cats 10th Straight Win
P.J. Washington

STARKVILLE, MS (WAVE) - PJ Washington scored 23 points, and Ashton Hagans dished out nine assists as #5 Kentucky wins at Mississippi State 71-67 for the Cats 10th straight win. UK is now 20-3 (9-1) on the season. The Cats have now won 20 games in all 11 seasons under head coach, John Calipari.

Washington was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc, and was 9-13 overall from the field. Kentucky used a 25-8 run to end the first half to take a 40-25 halftime lead. UK drained 5-11 from the three point land while holding the Bulldogs to just 0-4 from downtown.

After falling behind by 18 to start the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 19-2 run to cut the lead to 51-50. The Cats quickly responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead back to seven. The lead would stretch to 10 at 63-53, but back came Mississippi State, eventually cutting the Kentucky lead to 70-67. The Cats put this one away on the defensive end. Leading by four with eight seconds, freshman, Keldon Johnson came up with a steal on Bulldogs Quindarry Weatherspoon to seal the victory.

Two big road games await the Cats this coming week. LSU visits Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. The Tigers are also 9-1 in conference play, 19-4 overall, and are locked in a tie with UK for second place in the SEC. On Saturday, ESPN’s Gameday returns to Lexington as first place in the conference, and #1 team in the country, Tennessee comes to town.

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