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Mississippi State 77, Kentucky 59

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Rickea Jackson had 27 points and defending champ No. 9 Mississippi State took control in the second half to defeat No. 16 Kentucky 77-59.

The Bulldogs were down 35-32 at the half and still behind when Rhyne Howard's jumper put Kentucky in front 39-37.

But freshman Aliyah Matharu had three straight baskets to put Mississippi State (27-5) ahead for good and Jackson, another freshman, pushed the pace to make sure Kentucky could not rally.

Matharu finished with 15 points, 13 of those in the final two quarters to fuel Mississippi State's comeback.

Howard had 26 points, just nine of those coming in the final 20 minutes. She was just 3 of 11 from the field in that stretch.

Howard hit two tying foul shots while Patterson nailed a straight-on 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to give Kentucky (22-8) a 35-32 lead at the break.

It was the fourth time in the past eight games the Bulldogs trailed at halftime. They rallied to win three times, including this one.

Associated Press


March 7, 2020

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