Scores

Final

Ole Miss 58

(16-15, 7-9 SEC)

Kentucky 71

(20-12, 8-8 SEC)

    1:00 PM ET, March 12, 2009

    Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    MISS 38 2058
    UK 36 3571

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: T. White 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kentucky: P. Patterson 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Kentucky ends four-game losing streak with win vs. Mississippi

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Jodie Meeks scored 25 points and Patrick Patterson had 15 points and 14 rebounds Thursday to help Kentucky stop a four-game losing streak with a 71-58 victory over Mississippi in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

    The Wildcats (20-12) advanced to Friday's quarterfinals against LSU (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) and kept alive their hopes of extending their streak of consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament to 18.

    Mississippi (16-15) was outscored 35-20 in the second half, when Meeks had 15 points and Kentucky shot 54 percent from the field (14-of-26) and played stifling defense that forced the flustered Rebels into 11 turnovers.

    Terrico White led Mississippi with 21 points but only had six after halftime. David Huertas came off the bench to score 15 after not starting because of a bone bruise in his left foot.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MISS
    UK
    Points 58 71
    FG Made-Attempted 21-48 (.438) 28-60 (.467)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-17 (.294) 1-10 (.100)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-14 (.786) 14-18 (.778)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 16

    2008-09 Season

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