LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kevin Knox had 22 points and Quade Green added 18, including eight during a 15-5 second-half run that helped No. 23 Kentucky pull away from Ole Miss for a 96-78 victory Wednesday night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points, Wenyen Gabriel 15 and PJ Washington 10 as the Wildcats (21-9, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth consecutive game and home finale, the first without departing seniors under coach John Calipari. Green had two 3-pointers and a layup during the run that provided an 82-69 lead with 6:40 remaining.
Kentucky shot 56 percent after halftime and 50 percent overall in a game that was chippy at times, resulting in five technical foul calls and the quick ejection of Ole Miss senior forward Marcanvis Hymon after just 3 1/2 minutes.
Terence Davis had 26 points and Breein Tyree and Bruce Stevens 13 each for the Rebels (12-18, 5-12), who lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
Ole Miss: Losing Hymon to two quick technicals seemed to inspire the Rebels just as they were about to trail by double digits, responding to outscore the Wildcats 21-12 over 8:06 for a 25-24 lead. Ole Miss got within a basket several times after that but couldn't catch Kentucky, which strung together baskets and got the rebounds needed to stay ahead and gain some distance late.
Kentucky: The Wildcats took a little longer to get rolling, but their second-half run arrived on time and showcased the things that Calipari has stressed. Besides outrebounding the Rebels 43-35, they shared the ball (19 assists) and knocked down shots resulting from those good looks. The Wildcats also thrived at the line, making 16 of 19 attempts in the first half alone en route to finishing 26 of 35.
Rebels senior forward Marcanvis Hymon was gone before the first media timeout, ejected after drawing his second technical foul for dead ball contact with 16:36 remaining in the first half. Officials took several minutes reviewing replays of a skirmish under Kentucky's basket in which Wildcats forward Nick Richards received a non-contact technical foul and Bruce Stevens a personal foul. Hymon drew an earlier technical foul after Ole Miss' opening basket 1:13 in.
Ole Miss hosts Vanderbilt in the regular season finale Saturday night.
Kentucky concludes the regular season on Saturday at Florida, which escaped with a 66-64 upset win at Rupp on Jan. 20.
- No. 23 Kentucky pulls away from Ole Miss, 96-78
- Bibbins scores 23 to lead Utah past Ole Miss, 83-74
- Ole Miss wins in final seconds at Kentucky, 37-34
- Ole Miss sweeps Auburn
- Ole Miss-ULL kickoff set
- Ole Miss, Louisiana kickoff set
- Alabama downs Ole Miss 62-7
- Ole Miss pulls away late in 76-41 win over Southern Illinois
- Kentucky beats MSU 4-1
- Patterson leads Ole Miss over Vanderbilt 57-35