In the end, there is no such thing as an easy road win in the SEC, but the Kentucky Wildcats overcame a furious Missouri Tiger rally to hold on and win 84-79 today. Kentucky led by 10 at the half, and had stretched the lead to 16 on an Aaron Harrison three pointer that made it 59-43. Missouri responded with a 20-7 rally and a Jabari Brown posterization of Julius Randle made it 66-63 with 7:07 left.
It was crunch time for Kentucky who came into the game 2-5 away from Rupp Arena. Despite serious foul trouble, the Wildcats responded and an Alex Poythress basket it 78-71 with 1:33 left. The Tigers would not fold as Jabari Brown drained a long three pointer and an ensuing free throw to keep the Tigers in the game. Three points was as close as the Tigers would get however as Andrew Harrison hit a layup with :20 left and his twin brother Aaron sank two free throws with :12 left to seal the win.
Kentucky (16-5, 6-2) got balanced scoring as Aaron Harrison, James Young, and Julius Randle scored 21, 20, and 18 points respectively. Missouri (16-4, 4-4) was led by 33 points from Jabari Brown and 28 from Jordan Clarkson. Kentucky is back at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night to face Ole Miss in a game that could be for sole possession of second place in the SEC.