Trailing 18-8, UK went on a 14-2 run. The Wildcats claimed their first lead, 22-20, on a pair of Hawkins foul shots at the 7:25 mark.
Behind 28-26, Mississippi State had an 8-0 spurt to open up a 34-28 advantage.
The Bulldogs led the rest of the half and took a 40-37 score into intermission.
Kentucky grabbed the lead back, 46-44, on a basket and free throw by Aaron Harrison.
Tied at 47, Kentucky’s 7-0 thrust gave the Wildcats a 54-47 lead.
Ahead 54-51, UK put the game away with a 20-2 surge to make it 74-53. Alex Poythress had four dunks during that run.
Kentucky dominated the second half, 48-23. UK shot 65.4 percent in the second stanza while limiting the visitors to 34.8 percent.
Kentucky has won 18 consecutive home games and is 77-2 in Rupp Arena under Coach Calipari.
Kentucky had a decisive edge around the basket today.
UK led the rebounding 44-28 and won second-chance points 17-7.
UK won points in the paint 46-36.
James Young tied career highs with 26 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a career-best five assists.
It was his second-consecutive double-double.
UK had a +29 scoring margin while he was in the game.
Mississippi State fulfilled its commitment to keep the ball out of Julius Randle’s hands. He tied his season low with only seven field goal attempts but didn’t let that stop him from claiming a game-high 14 rebounds.
It is his 10th double-figure rebounding effort of the season.
Randle tallied eight points, the first game this season he hasn’t scored in double figures.
Three Cats were highly efficient in their shooting tonight …