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Kentucky avoids upset against Ole Miss, 67-62

Kentucky improves to 20-5 (10-2 SEC)
Mississippi Kentucky Basketball
Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 17:12:30-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Wildcats survived a matinee upset at Rupp Arena Saturday, defeating Ole Miss 67-62

Nick Richards had 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws 1:11 remaining, and Immanuel Quickley and Keion Brooks each made two more in the closing seconds to help No. 12 Kentucky escape Mississippi 67-62 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 SEC) shot just 39% overall but made 48% in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit and create a back-and-forth game for the final eight minutes. Richards followed two free throws with 2:11 left with two more a minute later to put Kentucky up 63-62.

Devontae Shuler then airballed a 3-pointer out of bounds with nine seconds left. Quickley, who had 17 points, was fouled a few seconds later and added two from the line with 6.6 left before Keion Brooks Jr. sealed the win with two more.

Tyrese Maxey had 14 points while EJ Montgomery and Richards combined for 15 rebounds as Kentucky beat the Rebels 41-33 on the glass.

Breein Tyree had 19 points, while Blake Hinson and KJ Buffen each had 13 for Ole Miss (13-12, 4-8), which had won three in a row. The Rebels dropped their 11th consecutive series game to the Wildcats.