Tuesday, January 6, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Survives Overtime Scare from Ole Miss in Conference Opener

(1) Kentucky 89
Ole Miss 86      F/OT

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 1 Kentucky survived an incredible effort from Ole Miss to escape with an 89-86 overtime win in the first Southeastern Conference game for both teams.

Aaron Harrison scored 26, including two clutch free throws in overtime to put Kentucky (14-0, 1-0 SEC) ahead for good, to lead the way. Devin Booker added 13 points and Andrew Harrison chipped in 12.

Ole Miss (9-5, 0-1) got 25 points from Stefan Moody and 23 from Jarvis Summers.

Kentucky opened the game on a 12-0 run and appeared well on the way to an impressive SEC win, but the Rebels fought back and battled the entire game with the heavily favored Wildcats.  Andy Kennedy's team had an opportunity to pull a shocking upset in regulation but a late three-pointer clanged off the rim and Kentucky grabbed the rebound as time expired.  In overtime, the game was played within two points each way until Andrew Harrison's free throw gave Kentucky the decisive final advantage with 32 seconds to play.  Trey Lyles then missed two final free throws to give Ole Miss one last opportunity. Martavious Newby got off a three-pointer but it wouldn't go down and the Wildcats killed the remaining clock.  Kentucky returns to action Saturday on the road at Texas A&M. That game tips at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Box score (click to enlarge): 

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