Ole Miss falls at No. 23 Kentucky

Published 9:08 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A night that started ominously for Ole Miss ended with another loss.

A late run by No. 23 Kentucky doomed the Rebels in a 96-78 loss Wednesday at Rupp Arena. It’s the ninth loss in the last 10 games for Ole Miss, which fell into a tie with Vanderbilt for the worst record in the SEC.

Both teams will try to avoid the last-place finish when they meet at The Pavilion on Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network) in their regular-season finale.

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Terence Davis scored a game-high 26 points on 10 of 23 shooting. Bruce Stevens had a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds while Breein Tyree chipped in 13 points for the Rebels (12-18, 5-12 SEC), but defense was once again the problem, particularly down the stretch.

Senior forward Marcanvis Hymon was ejected in less than four minutes of game time after picking up two technicals, the latter coming after he pushed Nick Richards into Tyree under Kentucky’s basket. But Ole Miss trailed just 50-42 at the half and got within one possession with 10:19 left on Stevens’ putback, but P.J. Washington’s dunk off an offensive rebound ignited an 18-5 run for the Wildcats (21-9, 10-7) that put them in control on the way to their fourth straight win.

Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field, 44 percent (8 of 18) from 3-point range and finished plus-8 on the glass.

Ole Miss shot 40 percent from the field, including just a 30-percent clip from beyond the arc, and made nine of its 15 free throws. Kentucky shot 35 free throws, making 26 of them.

Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and Wenyen Gabriel did most of the damage from the outside for the Wildcats, combining to go 6 of 12 from deep. Knox paced five Kentucky players in double figures with 22 points. Quade Green had 18 points off the bench on 7 of 12 shooting while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 17.