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February 22, 2012

02/22/2012 - 9:44am

It was 41-28 in a half that saw Kentucky with their greatest deficit this season and Mississippi State PG Dee Bost controlling the game. After halftime, freshman Mike Kidd-Gilchrist was given the assignment to stop Bost. Like he has done in the past big games for #1 Kentucky, he performed brilliantly. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, with Bost only scoring 5 points in the second half. Kentucky ended up winning the game 73-64.

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and Mississippi State junior Arnett Moultrie played each other to a virtual draw, each going for 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Moultrie powered Davis early in the game, but Davis had more energy left for the final run. Each received technical fouls, with Davis hanging on the rim after a dunk and Moultrie getting upset after a non-call. Still expect both not to last long in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Mississippi State lost the services of star freshman forward Rodney Hood and were forced to play smaller opponents that gave the Kentucky match-up advantages. For a long time, though, it looked like the Bulldogs were going to get a huge home victory over the SEC top dog Wildcats. Kentucky proceeded to go on a 16-2 run to take a 68-62 lead with only two minutes remaining. The Wildcats stay perfect in the SEC, while Mississippi State will hope to finish off strong with their now 6-7 conference record.