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Kentucky-Mississippi State postgame notes, numbers

EJ Montgomery (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY at MISSISSIPPI STATE

HUMPHREY COLISEUM | STARKVILLE, MISS.

FEB. 9, 2019
ATTENDANCE: 9,019

Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 71, RV/21 Mississippi State 67     

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is now 20-3 overall and 9-1 in the Southeastern Conference.

o    Kentucky has won 10 in a row, its longest streak since a 14-game win streak in 2016-17.

o    UK has won nine consecutive SEC games, its longest since sweeping the 18-game league schedule in 2014-15.

o    Kentucky has won five straight road games, the longest road streak since sweeping the 10-game away schedule in 2014-15.

o    This is UK’s 11th straight 20-win season, including all 10 years under Coach John Calipari.

  • Mississippi State is 16-7, 4-6 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 97-20 and has won 13 in a row vs. the Bulldogs, UK’s longest current winning streak against an SEC opponent. UK leads 36-12 in games played in Starkville.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats return home to host LSU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.  

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 16th time this season. UK is now 13-3 with that lineup.
  • Washington got off to a good start, scoring UK’s first eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
  • Trailing 17-15, a 7-0 spurt over two minutes – including five points from Herro – put the Cats on a 22-17 cushion. UK never trailed again, but the drama was far from over.
  • A few minutes later, a 9-0 run put UK up 33-21. Hagans played in a role on all four baskets with assists on the first three, followed by two offensive rebounds that set up the final bucket.
  • All totaled, UK closed the first half with a 25-8 run for a 40-25 advantage at intermission.

o    Washington led the Cats with 10 points while Hagans directed traffic with seven assists.

o    UK made 5 of 11 from 3-point range while holding the home team to 0 of 4.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the same starting lineup.
  • UK pushed out to 49-31, its largest lead of the game, before the Bulldogs warmed to the task.
  • MSU put together a 19-2 run to close the score to 51-50 with 8:41 remaining.
  • Washington responded with a post-up basket. Hagans followed with a driving basket and two free throws to give the Wildcats some breathing room at 57-50.
  • After a Bulldog 3-pointer, Johnson scored six straight to push the lead back to 10 at 63-53.
  • The Bulldogs lived up to their nickname, eventually pulling back within three points at 70-67.
  • MSU got the ball back with a chance to tie but Johnson stuffed a shot by Quinndary Weatherspoon (officially credited with a steal) and recovered the ball with 10 seconds left.
  • Hagans made 1 of 2 free throws as UK held on for the final margin.

 

Team Notes

  • Kentucky was strong around the basket today, leading the rebounding 35-28 and points in the paint 34-24.

o    UK is 18-1 this season when winning/tying the rebounding and 17-2 when prevailing in the paint.

  • During the current 10-game win streak UK has …

o    Held the opponents to 58.9 points per game

o    Limited the opponents to 37.9 percent from the field

o    Limited the opponents to 32.1 percent from 3-point range

  • UK improved to 253-5 (.981) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.
  • The Wildcats are now 239-40 vs. opponents not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.


Player Notes  

  • PJ Washington led the charge with 23 points. 
  • He made 9 of 13 from the field and made all three tries from 3-point land.
  • It is his seventh 20-point game of the season and his fifth in the last six games.
  • He has eight straight games in double figures.
  • Tyler Herro had 12 points. He made two 3-pointers, including a crucial long-ranger – as the shot clock expired – with three minutes to go that helped keep Mississippi State at bay.
  • Reid Travis totaled eight points, a game-high rebounds and two blocked shots.
  • Ashton Hagans had four points and his nine assists tied his career high set on Jan. 22 vs. Mississippi State.
  • Hagans has 17 consecutive games with at least three assists. He’s led the team in assists 18 times this season.
  • UK is 5-0 this season when Hagans has seven or more assists. 
  • Keldon Johnson had 13 points, seven rebounds and the crucial steal late in the game that preserved the victory.

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