Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 88-81 in Starkville Mississippi

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Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky at Mississippi State, Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.

Jan. 17, 2017

Final Score: No. 5/5 Kentucky 88, Mississippi State 81

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 16-2 overall, 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 12-5 (3-2 SEC)
  • This is the third time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first six league games.
  • Kentucky leads the series 94-20, including 35-12 in Starkville.

o    Calipari is undefeated against Mississippi State.

  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats welcome South Carolina to Rupp Arena on Saturday at 6 p.m. ESPN will air the game.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe,De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the 12th time this season.  UK is 10-2 with that lineup.
  • Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 15:29 mark to extend Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 993 consecutive games.
  • Willis (13) and Fox (10) combined to score half the Wildcats’ points in the first half.
  • Kentucky committed 12 first-half fouls, the second most it has been called for in a first half this season. UK committed 12 first-half fouls in five games. The season-high was 13 at Vanderbilt last Tuesday. 

In the Second Half

  • Ahead by 12 points at half, Kentucky scored the first five points of the second half to open a 17-point-lead at the 19:07 mark.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 18 at the 12:54 mark
  • Mississippi State went on an 8-0 run over 1:04 to cut the UK lead to nine points, 66-57, and forced the Wildcats to take a timeout at the 10:23 mark.
  • The hosts scored the first five points after that timeout to get within four, 66-62, before Dominique Hawkins nailed a 3-pointer to end the run at 13-0.
  • Mississippi State got within three points at 69-66, before Gabriel made a 3.
  • Kentucky stretched the lead to 76-66, forcing a Mississippi State timeout with 6:35 to play.
  • Mississippi State never cut the deficit to fewer than three points.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot 50.8 percent from the field. It is the 13th time this season and sixth game in a row that the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.

o    The last time Kentucky had such a run of consecutive games shooting better than 50 percent was the 1983-84 season.

  • That team made more than half its shots eight straight times from Jan. 28 to Feb. 25.
  • The 1983-84 Wildcats also shot 50 percent or better nine straight times earlier that season.
  • Kentucky’s 16 turnovers were its most since Dec. 7, and second most of the season (17 vs. Valpo).
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures; and it was the ninth straight game that at least one Wildcat tallied 20 or more points.
  • Calipari has a 678-189 (.782) on-court record, including a 233-49 (.826) mark at UK.

Player Notes 

  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds. It was his fifth straight game scoring in double figures.
  • He scored nine-straight points for the Wildcats from the 3:41 mark to 0:47 remaining.
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabrielscored 13 points, two shy of his career-high
  • He made a career-high three 3-pointers, and has made five over his last two games.
  • He was a perfect five of five from the field.
  • With eight rebounds he led UK in rebounding for the second game in a row.
  • Senior Derek Willis poured in 13 first-half points and added five rebounds.
  • It’s the sixth game this season he has topped 10 points.
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 14 points and four assists
  • He continued his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season.
  • He’s dished out four or more assists in back-to-back games.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had five points in 20 foul-trouble-plagued minutes.
  • He broke a streak of reaching double-figure scoring in 14-straight games.
  • Senior Dominique Hawkinshad five points, including a 3-pointer late in the second half to quell a 13-0 spurt by the home team.
  • He’s scored five or more points in consecutive outings for the first time since a five game stretch from Nov. 25- Dec. 11.

Box Score

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Season Stats

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