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Liveblog: Kentucky 76, Mississippi State 55

Kentucky will try to win its second consecutive conference game over a ranked team when the Wildcats welcome No. 22 Mississippi State to Rupp Arena on Tuesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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Final - Kentucky 76, Miss State 55

UK improves to 5-1 in SEC play. State drops to 2-3.

Final box

2H 3:29 - Kentucky 66, Miss State 53

Cats pulling away. PJ Washington has 21 points. Tyler Herro has 18. State getting nothing from Aric Holman, who has failed to score. Ben Howland’s club shooting 33.3 percent for the game. BTW, Auburn just lost to South Carolina.

2H 8:16 - Kentucky 54, Miss State 43

Bulldogs now 1-of-14 from three-point range.

2H 11:09 - Kentucky 46, Miss State 41

And could be more. Herro was fouled attempting a three-pointer just before the TV time out. Nick Richards scored three points in that segment. The sophomore center made the first shot of a bonus, missed the second. Next, he jammed home a whip pass of an assist by Herro. Clang Watch: State now 1-of-12 from 3.

2H 13:36 - Kentucky 41, Miss State 39

Cats have allowed State to hang around the Bulldogs have now cut the lead to two points. Quinndary Weatherspoon is back in the game and has scored five straight points. He chased down a rebound and turned it into an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 41-37 at the 14:08 mark. He then scored on a fast break to pull the visitors within a basket. Calipari asked for time. Weatherspoon, older of the Weatherspoon brothers, leads all scorers with 17 points.

2H 15:23 - Kentucky 41, Miss State 32

PJ Washington up to 13 points as he just threw down a thunderous jam off a fast break. State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon appeared to get poked in the eye and is out of the game. He leads the visitors with 12 points. Mississippi State is now 1-of-10 from three-point range. Aric Holman has no points. The Owensboro native is averaging 12.4 per game. He has picked up three fouls.

Halftime - Kentucky 34, Miss State 26

The Cats shot 41.9 percent, but the halftime lead came at the defensive end. Mississippi State shot 30.3 percent and made just one of eight three-pointers. Tyler Herro led the Cats with 11 points. PJ Washington scored nine.

Halftime box

1H 3:36 - Kentucky 32, Miss State 22

Tyler Herro leading the way with 11 points for Cats. Quinndary Weatherspoon leads Bulldogs with six points. State has now missed seven of its eight three-point attempts.

1H 7:04 - Kentucky 28, Miss State 18

UK shooting 50 percent on 11 of 22 field goals. Cats are four-of-six from three-point territory. State is a chilly 7-of-21 for 33.3 percent. Ben Howland’s Bulldogs are just one-of-seven from three. MSU came into the game shooting 38.3 percent from three, good enough for 26th in the nation. Tyler Herro has nine points for UK. Reid Travis has five rebounds.

1H 11:43 - Kentucky 20, Miss State 13

Bulldogs are on a 6-0 run as we head into the TV timeout. When Nick Richards hit a perfect hook shot from the right baseline Cats enjoyed a 20-7 lead at the 13:15 mark. But Lamar Peters scored on a drive while being fouled. The Bulldogs’ point guard missed the free throw, but the visitors rebounded and Robert Woodard knocked home a jumper. When Tyson Carter converted a fast break layup MSU had cut Kentucky’s lead down to six. BTW, Peters did not start as he normally does. He did pick up a technical foul in the second half of State’s win at Vanderbilt on Saturday, so his brief benching may have had something to do with that.

1H 15:54 - Kentucky 10, Miss State 6

The visiting Bulldogs scored the game’s first four points. UK scored the next 10. Keldon Johnson scored seven of the 10. Tyler Herro got things started with a three-pointer. Johnson jammed home a fast break off a State turnover. Johnson scored from the left wing. Then Johnson scored on a fast break while being fouled. He made the free throw for a 10-4 lead. Then UK missed dunks. Johnson seemed to mistime a fast break dunk and ended up missing a layup. Then PJ Washington tried to slam home a pick and roll just a little too hard. The ball bounced out of bounds.

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