Kentucky Hammers Ole Miss, 84-70

02/18/2014 11:59 PM

After Kentucky lost to Florida Saturday, John Calipari said his team played the best 35 minutes of basketball of the season. The question entering Tuesday’s night game with Ole Miss was how they would respond to another road test after dropping such an emotional contest at home.

Question answered.

The Cats looked strong from the beginning, jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the game’s first three minutes and grabbing a 17-point halftime lead behind Julius Randle’s 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. The freshman forward finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds on 6-7 shooting from the field and 13-14 from the free throw line. The Harrison twins combined for 27 points and James Young added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

But it was UK’s defense on Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson that allowed them to open up a large first half lead as the senior guard made only one of his seven field goal attempts in the first half, though he finished with 18 points. Henderson led Ole Miss’ second half rally, along with Jarvis Summers (22 points) and Anthony Perez (21 points), which saw the Rebels come as close as six points with 2 minutes to go.

The Cats closed the game on an 8-0 run though, behind a jump shot from Julius Randle and 6-6 free throw shooting from Randle, Aaron Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein, who all made two.

Be sure to watch KSTV Wednesday for a full recap of the game.

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