Kentucky came out of the gate hot on offense in the first half…but gave up the one less point to Ole Miss heading into the under-16 timeout. This gave Kentucky a 49-31 lead with 15:28 left in the game. The game continued to be back and forth throughout the next four minutes of play, although Kentucky was able to get a slight extension on their lead. Going into the under-12 timeout, the Wildcats held a 20 point lead.
The game was a lot of back and forth throughout the middle portion of the second half. This, however, was not due to a lack of intensity. The Wildcats continued their high-flying, lob city style play. It was highlighted by one-handed slams by Poythress and two-handed jams by Randle. Unfortunately for Kentucky, Ole Miss began gaining some traction. This was, in part, due to a major dry spell that included no field goals for the Wildcats in about a five minute stretch.
As the game winded down, Ole Miss gave Kentucky absolutely everything they could handle. The young team of Wildcats seemed to let their guard down toward the end of the game and, before they knew it, Ole Miss was within six points with 1:48 left. This was all after Kentucky held a 22 point lead at one point in the second half. However, the Wildcats were able to pull away after hitting 6-6 from the free throw line to clear up the win by 14 points, 84-70.