UK Escapes Ole Miss Comeback

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Joe Crawford and Patrick Patterson scored
15 points apiece as Kentucky held off Mississippi 58-54 on
Wednesday.

Ramel Bradley added 14 points and five rebounds for Kentucky
(16-10, 10-3 Southeastern Conference), which moved to within one
game of No. 1 Tennessee for first place in the SEC's Eastern
Division. The Wildcats play at the Volunteers on Sunday.

Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 25 points and Dwayne Curtis had
12 points and 15 rebounds, but the Rebels (18-9, 4-9) remained
winless on the road in the SEC and continued their precipitous fall
from the Top 25 last month. Ole Miss shot just 31 percent from the
floor and turned the ball over 19 times.

Still, the Rebels had a chance to win it after whittling a
23-point deficit to two in the final seconds. Bradley missed a pair
of free throws with the Wildcats up 56-54, and Warren raced up the
floor. He missed a contested layup, but Curtis grabbed the rebound
and threw it out to a wide-open Trevor Gaskins.

Gaskins' 3-pointer, however, was long. Kentucky's Perry
Stevenson collected the rebound and handed it to Bradley, who sank
two free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining to seal it.

The last-second scare seemed improbable during a sloppy first
half. Kentucky wasted little time taking control, racing to a 22-4
lead as the Wildcats easily disrupted one of the SEC's most potent
offenses.

Perplexed and harried by Kentucky's halfcourt trap, the Rebels
went through a seven-minute scoreless drought in which the simple
act of getting off a shot proved troublesome.

Even when it was easy, it wasn't easy. Ole Miss' David Huertas
seemed to have an easy layup after swiping the ball from Bradley
but threw up a brick. Jermey Parnell grabbed the rebound but was so
flustered he quickly shoveled the ball back to Huertas, who
desperately dropped in a layup.

It didn't get much prettier from there for Ole Miss, who needed
a late first-half run to end the half with more points (14) than
turnovers (12). By then the Wildcats were in control 31-14 and
appeared on their way to a rare breather.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Feb 28, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    MY BIGGEST FEAR COME SUNDAY IS MATCHING BASKET FOR BASKET.THE 2ND HALF LASTNIGHT WAS UGLY BUT I'LL TAKE IT AND RUN WITH IT.THE BIG GUY WAS ON OUR SIDE LASTNIGHT.BUY OR SELL"I 'M BUYING THAT KY.CAN WIN THIS GAME PROVIDING THEY PLAY INTELLIGENT BB.THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR FLESH ON THE FLOOR BUT THE INTELLIGENT PART IS LACKING.WINNING SUNDAY CAN BE THE SHOT HEARD AROUND WORLD,JUST LIKE THE GARDNER-WEBB GAME.THIS TEAM HAS WHAT IT TAKES BUT NEED TO FIND A WAY TO INSTILL CONFIDENCE IN STEVENSON,COURY AND PORTER.12 FT.OPEN SHOTS NEED TO BE TAKEN,NO HESITATION,JUST DO IT.ON THIS LEVEL YOU GOT TO BE ABLE TO HIT THAT.THIS WOULD MAKE ALL THINGS FALL INTO PLACE.THIS SHOULD BE ON THE MINDS OF THE COACHES AND THE PLAYERS,THAT'S HOW YOU GAT CONFIDENCE.YOU CAN BELIEVE THIS IS THE SCOUTING REPORT ON KY.BRADLEY,CRAWFORD AND PATTERSON'S GAME WILL OPEN UP MORE.THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO HAVE BRAIN FARTS LIKE THE 2ND LASTNIGHT.NO,NO.NO.YOU NEVER HEAR COACHES HAVING BAD GAMES LIKE PLAYERS.THEY DO.LOCK IT UP.
  • by HAHAHA Location: getting my laugh of the day.... on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    Harry - that was a GREAT comment! Thanks for reminding us all of that; I needed that laugh today! Yes, and good riddance to Tubby!
  • by Jeremy Location: Lex on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    I thought that UK might pull out a game where they would win by 20 or more. They will just about give you a heart attack these days. Get it together boys!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    TN kills UK on Sunday!!!! UK loses by 20
  • by HARRY Location: LEXINGTON on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:28 AM
    The Ole Miss Coach did UK a big favor by playing Brian Smith fo six scoreless minutes while more talented players sat on the bench. Thanks, that helps forget the miscues in the many minutes Saul played for UK at point guard when better players rode the bench.

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