How did Kentucky withstand Mississippi State’s rally?

Kentucky basketball freshman guard Ashton Hagans talks about what head coach John Calipari after Mississippi State cut the UK lead to one point on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. The Wildcats held on for a 71-67 win.
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Kentucky basketball freshman guard Ashton Hagans talks about what head coach John Calipari after Mississippi State cut the UK lead to one point on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. The Wildcats held on for a 71-67 win.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.