STARKVILLE, Miss. (WYMT) – No. 5 Kentucky (20-3, 9-1) survived a second have surge by the Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-7, 4-6) Saturday afternoon in Starkville.
The Wildcats led by 15 going into the locker room for halftime, even stretching it out to 18 at one point early in the second half. However, the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit down to one point, 51-50 with just under nine minutes to play.
But even with some big shots by Mississippi State, Kentucky kept the Bulldogs behind them until the final buzzer sounded, winning 71-67.
With the win, Kentucky improves to 9-1 in conference play, and picks up their 10th straight win.
It also extends the Wildcats' winning streak to 13 games over Mississippi State, the third-longest streak in the series' history and currently UK's longest vs. any SEC foe.
PJ Washington was instrumental yet again, knocking down 23 points on 9-13vshooting. His total led all-scorers. Washington fouled out with 1:17 to play.
Ashton Hagans also had 8 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds.
Kentucky now gets ready to take on LSU Tuesday night in Lexington. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.