Kentucky was far from playing its best basketball against Ole Miss. It was still good enough to take down the Rebels 67-62 at Rupp Arena.
The game got off to a sloppy start. Neither team truly woke up until the second half, but the Rebels still held a slight early advantage. Kentucky retook the lead at the 13:36 mark with a 7-0 run. Ole Miss immediately responded with an 8-0 run of its own. Immanuel Quickley got off the snide from behind the three-point line to start another 7-0 run that tied the game. From that point forward, neither team led by more than three until the final seconds.
E.J. Montgomery had one of the biggest plays of the day with 1:34 remaining. The power forward dove on the floor to secure a crucial offensive rebound. He kicked it to Tyrese Maxey who finished at the rim to give UK a one-point advantage. Montgomery fouled out, then Ashton Hagans did the same to leave UK short-handed down the stretch.
Even without Hagans defending Breein Tyree for the potential game-winning shot, Maxey forced Tyree to take a contested 18-footer. He air balled it, sealing Ole Miss’ fate.
Tyree was limited to less than 20 points on the night, ending his impressive three-game run. Immanuel Quickley led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points, 13 of which came in the final 11 minutes of the game. Maxey chipped in 14 and Nick Richards finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Kentucky has now won eight of its last nine games, improving to 20-5 on the season, 10-2 in SEC play.