No. 8 Kentucky hosted No. 22 Mississippi State Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.
MSU jumps out to an early 4-0 lead before Keldon Johnson got hot. He scored 7 straight points for the Cats, almost 9 if he didn’t miss a dunk. Kentucky leads 10-6, 15:54 to play in the half.
Kentucky continued to pull away after Ashton Hagans went coast-to-coast for a lay in after a steal, putting the Cats on an 18-2 run. MSU would later go on a 6-0 run to trim UK’s deficit to 20-13, 11:43 to play in the half.
Nick Richards was called for his second personal foul in just four minutes. MSU would cut the deficit to 7 on a couple of occasions before Tyler Herro hit his third deep ball of the night, giving the Cats a 28-18 lead, 7:04 to play in the half.
Shooting has slowed down a bit for Kentucky, but they still hold a double-digit lead over MSU at the final media timeout. 32-22, 3:36 to play in the opening half.