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Kentucky's kids fight off Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. — Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocks as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.

Kentucky looked as if it might run away with it, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes left. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.

Ryan Harrow hit a 3-pointer to stop Ole Miss' run, and Kentucky held on and win for the fifth time in seven games. Archie Goodwin scored 24 and Alex Poythress 15.

Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1 SEC), which next plays at No. 4 Florida on Saturday, had its nine-game winning streak snapped and left the Gators as the last team unbeaten in conference play. LaDarius White led the Rebels with 22 points and Marshall Henderson added 21. Henderson shot 5 of 19, including 2 of 11 3-pointers.

Ole Miss had little production in the paint thanks to Noel, who was the game's most important player despite an off night on offense. The 6-foot-10 freshman altered countless shots in addition to his blocks.

The Rebels' Murphy Holloway is the only SEC player averaging a double double at 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. He was held to 10 points and eight rebounds.

With Noel powerful on defense, Wiltjer provided the offense. The 6-10 sophomore made 10 of 19 shots from the field and 5 of 12 3-pointers.

Ole Miss led 38-37 at halftime despite making just 13 of 44 shots (29.5 percent) from the field. Henderson led the Rebels with 16 points and White had 15.

Kentucky stayed close thanks to Wiltjer's 17 points while Goodwin added 10, but the Wildcats struggled at the free-throw line, making 10 of 20.

Both teams struggled with foul trouble for most of the first half.

NO. 11 OHIO ST. 58, WISCONSIN 49: Deshaun Thomas had 25 points, 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, and the host Buckeyes (16-4, 6-2) moved into third place in the Big Ten.

Indiana St. 68, No. 15 Wichita St. 55: Manny Arop scored 17, including a celebratory slam in the final minute, as the Sycamores snapped a 19-game home winning streak by the Shockers (19-3, 8-2 MVC).

NO. 23 MINNESOTA 84, NEBRASKA 65: Rodney Williams snapped out of a funk to score 23, and the host Golden Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak.

UVA 58, NO. 19 N.C. ST. 55: Joe Harris scored 22, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and the host Cavaliers won their fourth straight game. The Wolfpack (16-5, 5-3), which went in averaging nearly 80 points, became the 17th team to be held to fewer than 60 by Virginia.

NORTH CAROLINA: Guard P.J. Hairston, the team's second leading scorer, sustained a concussion after banging his head on the floor late in the first half of an 82-70 win over Boston College.

Women

NO. 3 UCONN 76, VILLANOVA 43: Stefanie Dolson had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the host Huskies (19-1, 6-1 Big East).

W. VA. 67, NO. 19 OKLA. ST. 61: Christal Caldwell had 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals as the visiting Mountaineers upset the Cowgirls (15-4, 4-4 Big 12).

NO. 25 DELAWARE 77, N'EASTERN 50: Elena Delle Donne scored 26 for the host Blue Hens (16-3, 7-0 CAA), who won their 11th game in a row.

Kentucky's kids fight off Rebels 01/29/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:17am]
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