James Young leads Kentucky Wildcats past Mississippi State in SEC opener, 85-63

James Young - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
– photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

James Young scored 26 points and the No. 14 Wildcats rallied from a halftime deficit to beat 85-63 on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were playing for the first time since Dec. 28 and started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break. They regrouped to tie the game at 47 with 16:47 remaining before going on a 27-6 run over the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.

Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half to easily win the opener for both schools. Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1) went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal.

Young shot 8 of 18 from the field to lead Kentucky, which made 49 percent overall.

and each added 12 points for the Wildcats. grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points.

Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 points.