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Feb 18, 2014 9:51 PM

No. 18 Kentucky tops Mississippi 84-70

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and No. 18 Kentucky beat Mississippi 84-70 on Tuesday night.

Kentucky (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) dominated throughout most of the game, going on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-11 lead that proved insurmountable.

It was Randle's 14th double-double of the season. Kentucky was active in the paint and had several alley-oop dunks, jumping over the Rebels' overmatched defense. The Wildcats had seven dunks in the first half alone.

Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6) lost its third straight game and has almost completely fallen out of the picture for an at-large NCAA tournament berth. The Rebels had a bad shooting night and were steamrolled on the boards.

Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 22 points and Anthony Perez added 21.

Kentucky had already beaten Ole Miss once this season, 80-64 on Feb. 4 at Rupp Arena. The Rebels kept that game fairly close until the end, but the Wildcats made sure this one was in hand quickly.

Randle had a double-double before halftime, with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats built a 42-25 lead. Kentucky shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, finishing on several high-percentage looks inside and shooting 6 of 13 from 3-point range.

Kentucky had a big lead for most of the second half until a late Ole Miss rally. The Rebels cut it to 76-70 with 1:48 remaining after Perez banked in a 3-pointer, but Randle drove the lane and made a short jumper to stop the surge.

The Rebels simply couldn't contain Kentucky's big men - especially Randle. The 6-foot-9 freshman had an efficient night, going 6 of 7 from the field and 13 of 14 at the free throw line. It was his third straight double-double.

But the rest of the Wildcats were good, too. James Young scored 16 points and Andrew Harrison added 10.

Marshall Henderson scored 18 for Ole Miss, but shot just 5 of 17 from the field, including 5 for 14 from 3-point range. The Rebels made only 38.7 percent from the floor (24 of 62).

Kentucky had a 39-23 advantage on the boards, shot 52.1 percent (25 of 48) from the field and 90 percent (27 of 30) on free throws.

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