Mississippi State stormed out to a 5-0 lead on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions and UK called a timeout at 19:27.
The Bulldogs stayed hot and extended their lead to 24-13 at the 10:39 mark. At that point, MSU was 8 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 at the foul line.
Kentucky got as close as one point at 31-30 but MSU kept the lead the entire half.
With Mississippi State ahead 40-35 with 1.1 seconds to go, MSU’s Brian Bryant was called for fouling Brandon Knight on a three-point shot. Coach Rick Stansbury was assessed a technical foul. Knight made 4-of-5 foul shots (2 of 2 on the technical, 2 of 3 on the three-pointer) to draw UK within 40-39 at intermission.
Josh Harrellson opened the second half with a layup to give UK its first lead at 41-40.
MSU reclaimed the advantage with a 7-0 run to go ahead 48-43.
Trailing 50-47, the Wildcats sparked an 11-0 run for a 58-50 lead.
MSU got as close as two points at 65-63 before the Wildcats expanded the cushion to 80-67 with a 15-4 spurt.
MSU rallied within four points, 83-79, with 43 seconds to play but the Bulldogs got no closer.
Has 11 20-point games this season, extending his record for most ever by a UK freshman
24 points was one short of his career high
Has scored in double figures in 20-consecutive games and 24 of 25 games this season. The last Wildcat with 20 consecutive double-figure games was Jodie Meeks in the 2008-09 season.
Seven assists was one short of his career high
Making his fourth start of the season, Doron Lamb poured in 20 points. It’s his fifth 20-point game of the season.
Darius Miller tossed in 13 points and added two blocked shots, two steals, one assist and did not have a turnover.
Recovering from a leg injury sustained Saturday at Vanderbilt, Miller did not start for the first time this season. It ended a streak of 31-consecutive starting assignments, dating back to last season.