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No. 18 Kentucky tops Mississippi 84-70

Kentucky forward Julius Randle dribbles up court against Mississippi forward Anthony Perez. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Kentucky forward Julius Randle dribbles up court against Mississippi forward Anthony Perez. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Kentucky forward Julius Randle dribbles up court against Mississippi forward Anthony Perez. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP) Gallery: No. 18 Kentucky tops Mississippi 84-70

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and No. 18 Kentucky beat Mississippi 84-70 on Tuesday night.

Kentucky (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) dominated throughout most of the game, going on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-11 lead that proved insurmountable.

It was Randle's 14th double-double of the season. Kentucky was active in the paint and had several alley-oop dunks, jumping over the Rebels' overmatched defense. The Wildcats had seven dunks in the first half alone.

Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6) lost its third straight game and has almost completely fallen out of the picture for an at-large NCAA tournament berth. The Rebels had a bad shooting night and were steamrolled on the boards.

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  • Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 22 points and Anthony Perez added 21.

    Kentucky had already beaten Ole Miss once this season, 80-64 on Feb. 4 at Rupp Arena. The Rebels kept that game fairly close until the end, but the Wildcats made sure this one was in hand quickly.

    Randle had a double-double before halftime, with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats built a 42-25 lead. Kentucky shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, finishing on several high-percentage looks inside and shooting 6 of 13 from 3-point range.

    Kentucky had a big lead for most of the second half until a late Ole Miss rally. The Rebels cut it to 76-70 with 1:48 remaining after Perez banked in a 3-pointer, but Randle drove the lane and made a short jumper to stop the surge.

    The Rebels simply couldn't contain Kentucky's big men - especially Randle. The 6-foot-9 freshman had an efficient night, going 6 of 7 from the field and 13 of 14 at the free throw line. It was his third straight double-double.

    But the rest of the Wildcats were good, too. James Young scored 16 points and Andrew Harrison added 10.

    Marshall Henderson scored 18 for Ole Miss, but shot just 5 of 17 from the field, including 5 for 14 from 3-point range. The Rebels made only 38.7 percent from the floor (24 of 62).

    Kentucky had a 39-23 advantage on the boards, shot 52.1 percent (25 of 48) from the field and 90 percent (27 of 30) on free throws.

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    DAVID BRANDT The Associated Press
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