Kentucky rolls past Ole Miss in home finale, 96-78

Wildcats hit their stride late, roll past Ole Miss in home finale

Today's win gives Ole Miss the season series vs. Florida, with all three games being close contests. United Kingdom led by only single digits all through the second half until Gilgeous-Alexander made a layup with 11:18 remaining in the game, pushing the Cats' lead to 10.

Shai with the ideal pass to PJ Washington for the dunk.

"We weren't aware of (how big the win was) until (Calipari) came and told us after the game", Gabriel said.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was freshman sensation Kevin Knox, who had 22 points and four rebounds.

"He's a killer that makes baskets".

"It's a position that we want to be in", Calipari said. "He was good today". "I can score in all three ways, it doesn't matter", Green said of his evolving role playing off the ball.

Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field, assisting on 19 of its 31 buckets, while holding the Rebels to 40.5 percent. "They're going to play their hearts out, and if they're going to get a technical, so be it".

For Ole Miss, junior G Terence Davis led all scorers with an impressive 26 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Rebels overcome their powerful foes. "That's all you can do and that's all we're going to try and make them do". Bruce Stevens added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Kentucky's offense has found another gear late in the season. Gilgeous-Alexander was fouled taking a three-pointer and converted all 3 free throws and gave United Kingdom a 56-49 advantage. A big reason is backcourt play, particularly United Kingdom coach John Calipari using combo guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green on the floor together rather than rotating them at the point.

"They really turned up the pressure". Gilgeous-Alexander had three blocked shots and Green had two steals. "I thought Ole Miss outhustled us, beat us to 50-50 balls, and until the last 15 minutes, we got after it a little bit". That's way too many.

Ole Miss did its best to make it a physical game early when there was three technical fouls and one player ejection on Ole Miss in less than four minutes along with a technical on UK's Nick Richards.

"I have lovers, not fighters", the United Kingdom coach said before adding he was a "fighter" himself. Ole Miss tried to force the tempo early but was hampered by a pair of technical fouls early. That's when the Wildcats outscored the Rebels 18-9, including a 10-0 scoring spree to produce their fourth consecutive double-digit victory.

16-2 - The Cats' record at Rupp Arena this season.

"It was a win we had to have", Calipari said.

The Rebels actually lead in all the specialty scoring categories, holding advantages of 22-10 in the paint, 20-6 in points off turnovers, 13-6 on second chance, 8-0 on fastbreak and 10-2 in bench scoring.



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