- Saturday, January 23 1999 -
Mississippi State - 49 (Head Coach: Rick Stansbury) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 76 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 7th by AP]
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 37, Mississippi State 14
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 27. (All Rights Reserved)
7:44 and 11:12:
Those numbers reflect how many minutes it took Mississippi State to score its 1st pts and its 1st FG respectively against UK. #7 ranked Kentucky squashed the Bulldogs 76-49 in Rupp Arena. The game was televised on a delayed basis by UKTV and Fox SportsSouth. Due to his recent improved performances, Desmond Allison started the game at guard for the 1st time as a Wildcat. Combined with Tennessee's loss at Florida, Kentucky was in sole possession of 1st place in the SEC East after this game.
The Wildcats started hot out of the gate, and zipped to a 15-0 lead before the Bulldogs could score (on a FT by Jackson) with 12:16 remaining in the half (Mississippi State had 11 turnovers before scoring their initial pt of the game). UK's scoring was provided courtesy of: a) a Turner 14 footer, b) an Evans shot which was goaltended, c) Allison slipping past the defense for a dunk, d) Prince making a steal and dunk, e) Prince making an old-fashioned 3 pt play, and f) Allison putting a Smith airball back. Before MSU made a single FT attempt, they had 4 turnovers. After the initial UK surge, Smith hit a 3 to make it 18-3. Hamilton got his own miss for a putback FG, then Bradley made some good moves for a 20-3 edge. margin was extended to 24-5 after Magloire hit a pair of FTs, 28-7 following a Camara steal and dunk, 30-9 after Smith hit an off- balance 12 footer and Boswell worked his way open for a layup, and 32-11 after Smith hit a 15 footer and White made a nice drive. At that pt Fox SportsSouth advanced the chronology of the game to the 2nd half, but it stood at 37-14 at halftime (rather reminiscent of the 38-12 halftime margin against Georgia Tech). The Bulldogs had the same number of pts as they had turnovers by intermission. MSU had hit only 24% of their FGs (after starting off 1-15 for 7%), with Kentucky clicking at 54% FG shooting. UK football seniors were honored at halftime of the game, and received an Outback Bowl award presentation. Coach Hal Mumme made the "Y" in the traditional Kentucky cheer.
Fox cut out a few minutes during the beginning of the 2nd half, but it didn't matter as Kentucky started with a 9-3 run to make it 46-17. Soon it was 50-19 after Prince nailed a 10 footer, and after a Washington 10 footer and a Hogan 3, it was 53-21, which was UK's longest lead of the game. Minutes later a Hamilton 3 and Washington turnaround 10 footer cut into the lead somewhat, making it 55-30. But Evans popped in a 3, and Magloire made 1 of 2 FTs, to pull back out to 59-30. Roberts hit a pair of FTs, as did Washington, to close to 59-34, but the Cats moved the ball well to find a wide open Evans who made a 3, and Turner just blew past the defense on the next possession for a dunk and a 64-34 score. Towards the end of the game there was a sudden flurry of scoring, with Hamilton and Padgett trading 3s very quickly. Turner and Prince each made single FTs while Boswell put back a Gholar miss. White hit an 8 footer, then Bradley had a wide open dunk for a 71-41 margin. Steve Masiello got into the game (later than 1 might have thought), and made 1 FT. After this, Jackson made a couple of shots in succession, Camara hit a pair of FTs, Poswell had a putback, Gholar got a dunk off missed FTs, and Camara ended the scoring by putting back his own miss for a final 76-49 margin.
The 49 pts scored by MSU was their fewest since a December 1996 loss to California (78-45). This was Kentucky's 299th win at Rupp Arena. Padgett's 5 steals tied his career high, and were the most by any individual in a game this season for the Cats. This was Turner's 100th consecutive game played, and the 135th of his career (Laettner's NCAA record of game appearances at Duke is 148). This was the 5th game of the season where the Cats held their opponents below 50 pts in scoring. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Wildcats by 1 (39-38), in only the 2nd game all season in which this has happened.
Scott Padgett (#34) dribbles out of trouble from MSU's Oral Roberts and Tyrone Washington
Desmond Allison (#32) dunks
Jamaal Magloire shoots over Tyrone Washington