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Kentucky Hangs On to Beat Mississippi State 71-67

Matt Bush | USA TODAY Sports

Matt Bush | USA TODAY Sports

An outstanding first half performance gave Kentucky enough cushion to hang onto a victory in Starkville.  Mississippi State cut into UK’s 15-point first half lead before falling 71-67.

The Cats were crisp in the first half.  Ten of UK’s 15 field goals came off assists.  On defense they shut out Quinndary Weatherspoon and didn’t allow the Bulldogs to make one three-pointer.

Kentucky’s second half was a lot sloppier.  UK led 49-31 at the 16:34 mark in the second half.  Over the next seven minutes Miss. State went on a 17-2 run to cut Kentucky’s lead to three.  The Bulldogs were fueled by a trio of Quinndary Weatherspoon three-pointers, UK turnovers and a stagnant halfcourt offense.

Before the Bulldogs could retake the lead, Keldon Johnson entered attack mode.  He had six points in a short spurt to push the UK lead back to ten, comfortable enough to keep State at bay while P.J. Washington and Reid Travis were sidelined with four fouls.  Even though he struggled with foul trouble, Washington led all Wildcats in scoring with 23 points.  Johnson was not far behind with 13 points.

Lamar Peters cut the UK lead the four at the under-four media timeout.  Tyler Herro responded with a STFU shot as time expired on the shot clock.  The next time down the court, Peters hit another three.  Washington followed it with a tough bucket in the middle of the lane.  On the next possession, P.J. fouled out, giving Quinndary an And One that cut the lead to three.   After a botched UK possession, Miss. State had a chance to tie it, but Johnson shut down Weatherspoon.

Kentucky’s tenth-straight win didn’t come easy.  The hard fought battle on the road will pay dividends in March.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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46 Comments for Kentucky Hangs On to Beat Mississippi State 71-67



  1. Mc12
    3:10 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Man, Raftery was tough to listen to that game. Wow.



    • Rixter
      3:22 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure Raf lost a bundle today.



    • magimae
      3:25 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Made several wrong calls, CBS needs to shelf old man to man, I hate it when he says that



    • Han
      3:33 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Apparently slapping a guy’s arm is a “let them play” moment, but flops are obvious charges.



  2. cats646
    3:11 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Rule of 71



  3. maximumscott
    3:13 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Box score on that picture is wrong…



  4. catsarerunnin
    3:14 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Another win. Go Cats!!



    • breathittcnty
      3:19 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      This is the box score from the first meeting, not today’s game.



    • catsarerunnin
      3:23 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Oh they didn’t win??? Damn I drank too much Woodford.



    • bigbluebanana
      3:24 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, nice response runnin



  5. maximumscott
    3:15 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Herro wasnt 3-3 he missed one off the backboard late. Who kept stats?



    • breathittcnty
      3:20 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      This is the box score from the first meeting, not today’s game



    • michaelb
      4:28 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      So Hagans had 9 assists in both games ? No it’s just the scores & few numbers are wrong



  6. UKBigBlueForever
    3:15 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. Too much coffee in combination with the ending of that game and I almost had a cardiac arrest.



  7. dballrb
    3:17 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Wow,That escalated quickly…



  8. Kat4Life
    3:18 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    You always rejoice when winning a conference road game, but we became very stagnant in the middle of the second half ; lucky to get out of there with a win



    • CATandMONKEY
      3:23 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. See my post below.

      We had a few opportunities to step on their throats…but we didn’t.

      Still…
      CATS!



    • Luether
      8:50 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      That game would have had a different outcome if Miss St played the 1st half like it did the 2nd…



  9. CATandMONKEY
    3:20 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Win .
    On the road.
    ‘nough said.



    • Rixter
      3:24 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly.
      MSU was # 27 in Net rankings, so they’re no slouch. Another Q1 win for the Cats!



    • catsarerunnin
      3:24 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah I mean it would have counted double had we won by 20…



    • BBNDan7
      3:30 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      It caps at 10, after that it doesn’t matter the margin



  10. bwise
    3:20 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    We got the usual nick today! Would love to see his plus minus, had to be more than -10. It’s like he doesn’t understand how much money he’s losing out on if he doesn’t buckle down.



  11. bigbluebanana
    3:23 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Sloppy second half, the important thing to remember here is that we still won, in a really tough environment. We had no business winning that game after MSU fought so hard, but yet…here we are, winners again. Love this team, they took the best shot we could possibly get in the second half and still came out with the W!

    Also, bigolblue was DYING for the loss. He was commenting everywhere he could trying to will this team to a loss. If he shows up in this thread, let that little kid have it. He’s a punk, a fat mouthed shlt talker that deserves to be made to cry.



    • catsarerunnin
      3:33 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I agree with everything you said except for calling BigolBlew a shit talker. He’s a shit for brains.



    • bigbluebanana
      3:35 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I stand corrected. Can we both be right?



    • catsarerunnin
      3:43 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed lol



    • BigolBlue
      3:49 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I am bananas daddy and he knows it



    • catsarerunnin
      3:56 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      You’re infatuated with anything banana like.



    • BigolBlue
      4:01 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Thats why he brings me up in all his posts and comments on everything I post



    • bigbluebanana
      4:27 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I just want everyone to see how stupid you are. I point out the actual stupid stuff you say, you come at me like a fifth grader with “I’m your daddy” jokes. You are literally the dumbest person I know, you have said nothing at any point in time to suggest you are educated beyond a fifth grade level. You’re a loser Bobby, no one likes you. Your sole purpose in existing seems to just be a negative c*nt. It’s a shame my dogs have to breathe the same oxygen you do, they deserve it more. I’d love to see you say 1/100000th of the crap you talk to PJ Washington’s face, he’d have you pissing yourself and begging not to be broken.

      Funny thing is, all these other commenters roast you far worse than I ever could, yet you still fixate in me. Good to know I’m living rent free in your head.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:49 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      I’m glad you admitted that he brings you up. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Someone’s sexual preferences is their business.



    • CATandMONKEY
      4:14 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBlue is synonymous with “Loose Bowel Movement.”



    • RealCatsFan
      4:32 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Catsrrunnin FTW.



    • Lip Man 1
      6:56 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      One of the few games this season (for a nice change) where the free throw shooting was awful.



  12. Aar
    3:34 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    OUCH! They let go of the rope for a few minutes there. Nice to escape with a SEC road win!

    Had a few players slide back a bit in this one. I hope ranked LSU gets their full attention. Nice minutes from Montgomery and Baker. Need them to continue their progress. Washington, Johnson, Herro and Travis were the keys to the win today. Go Cats, beat Tigers!



  13. BigolBlue
    3:48 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Free throw shooting was very poor. Nick is hopeless.



    • Catsfan1715
      3:52 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      On queue, Johnny (Randy Quaid) from Major League II with his optimistic view…



    • catsarerunnin
      3:57 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      So are you BigolBlew.



    • bigbluebanana
      4:28 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Nick, at 19 or 20, has far exceeded anything you’ll ever accomplish in your life. Nick would smack the ugly off your face if you ever had the balls to say any your crap to his face.



    • Luether
      8:54 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agree that Ky’s poor 2nd half FT shooting make the game closer than it should have been…



  14. UKBigBlueForever
    3:52 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Still not sure how they allowed that and-one at the end of the game…sure in the NBA that should’ve/would’ve counted but at the college level that is NEVER called a continuation. Witherspoon foul was called way before he started making a basketball move (I’m talking about the called that fouled out Washington). Also, the other point in the game that momentum changed to me was the non-shot clock violation where Montgomery got the board and dished to Richards for a dunk. How the hell did they not see that the ball hit the rim!!??…they took those 2 points away that could’ve and probably would’ve ended their run. Regardless, GREAT WIN on the road. #CATS



    • BTownUKFan
      3:58 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agree on the Witherspoon basket. A little home cooking by the Miss State clock crew. There was a lot of grabbing, hacking that didn’t get called and some touch fouls on rebounds were ridiculous but the foul on the guy as Hagans was shooting the three was one that they could have let go.
      GO CATS !!



  15. CATandMONKEY
    4:22 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Listening to the Post-Game and considering some of our “fans” like BigolBlue- No doubt that our worst fans are no better than the most egregious UofL and Duke people.



  16. b2h3slin
    5:57 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Closer than I would’ve liked but at the end of the day, it’s a Q1 win and the win streak continues