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Kentucky tops Mississippi State, 74-56, to advance to 28-0

Trey Lyles - photo by Walter Cornett |

– photo by Walter Cornett |

Top-ranked fought off a slow start to cruise to a 74-56 victory over on Wednesday night to keep its undefeated season on track.

Trey Lyles scored a career-high 18 points and added 16 for Kentucky (28-0, 15-0 Southeastern Conference), which is the last remaining undefeated team in the country.

Its 28 straight wins are the most in a single season in program history.

The Wildcats had to work a little for this one, leading just 41-37 with 15:10 remaining. But they responded with an avalanche of points down the stretch – punctuated by a thunderous dunk by Karl-Anthony Towns – to turn the contest into another convincing blowout.

Mississippi State (12-16, 5-10) has lost eight in a row to the Wildcats. Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs with 14 points.


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