College basketball: Kentucky beats No. 16 Mississippi, 87-74
Oxford, Miss. • Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points, and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.
Ryan Harrow nailed a 3-pointer to stop Ole Miss' run and Kentucky was able to hold on and win for the fifth time in seven games. Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Alex Poythress added 15.
Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. LaDarius White led the Rebels with 22 points while former Utah Ute Marshall Henderson added 21. Henderson made 5 of 19 shots from the field, including just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.
Ole Miss had almost no production in the paint thanks to Noel, who was the game's most important player despite an off night on offense. The 6-foot-10 freshman was everywhere, blocking the 12 shots and altering countless more.
The Rebels' Murphy Holloway is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double with 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, but he was held to 10 points and eight rebounds.
With Noel awesome on defense, Wiltjer provided the offense. The 6-10 sophomore made 10 of 19 shots from the field and 5 of 12 from 3-point range.
Ole Miss led 38-37 at halftime despite making just 13 of 44 shots (29.5 percent) from the field. Henderson led the Rebels with 16 points and White had 15 in the first half.
No. 11 Ohio State 58, Wisconsin 49 • In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead the Buckeyes to the win. The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off the pace set by co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).
• No. 11 Ohio St. 58,Wisconsin 49
• Indiana St. 68,No. 15 Wichita St. 55
• Kentucky 87,No. 16 Mississippi 74
• Virginia 58,No. 19 N.C. State 55
• No. 23 Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65
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