Thursday, February 26, 2015

Trey Lyles Leads No. 1 Kentucky To Win at Mississippi State

(1) Kentucky 74
Mississippi State 56

Final from Starkville, Mississippi

Game recap by UK:

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) On a roster full of superstars, top-ranked Kentucky's Trey Lyles often is an afterthought.

At least for one night, the 6-foot-10 freshman gave a glimpse of how important he could be for the Wildcats in their quest for an undefeated season and national championship. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night, sending the Wildcats to a 28-0 record.

Coach John Calipari said Lyles - who added six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot - hasn't even come close to his full potential.

''He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well,'' Calipari said. ''I still think at the end of the day he'll be the X-factor for us.''

Aaron Harrison added 16 for Kentucky (15-0 Southeastern Conference), the only remaining undefeated team in the country.

Kentucky's 28-game winning streak is the second longest in school history, trailing only a 32-game run that stretched from 1953 to 1955. It's the longest in a single season for the program, topping a 27-game streak during the 1995-96 season.

The Wildcats had to work a little for this one, leading just 41-37 with 15:10 remaining. But they responded with an avalanche of points down the stretch - punctuated by a thunderous dunk by Karl-Anthony Towns - to turn the contest into another convincing blowout.

Calipari said the game was more evidence of how good his team can be with the proper mindset.

''I just told the guys, `Look, I can fight you for the next 40 days if that's what you want. And I will fight you,''' Calipari said. ''Or you can just play like you're capable of playing. They know what we want them to do.''

Mississippi State (12-16, 5-10) has lost eight in a row to the Wildcats. Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Craig Sword added 10.

Lyles, who hit 7 of 12 shots, missed three games earlier in the month because of an illness, but has bounced back.

''I was just being aggressive and attacking the basket,'' Lyles said.

Kentucky has appeared unstoppable of late, especially during a 110-75 rout of Auburn on Saturday.

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