COL BKB: Kentucky 85, Mississippi State 63

Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- James Young lit a fire under Kentucky in the second half Wednesday, propelling the 16th-ranked Wildcats to an 85-63 victory over Mississippi State.

Kentucky had only a three-point lead at the half in what was the opening Southeastern Conference game for both teams. The Wildcats (11-3) won their third in a row since falling at North Carolina on Dec. 14.

Young wound up with 26 points and 10 rebounds although he hit just 8-of-18 from the field and was 3-of-10 from 3-point range.

Mississippi State moved a point in front during the first two minutes of the second half, but Kentucky outscored the Bulldogs the rest of the way 42-19.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress both had 12 points for the Wildcats.

Mississippi State (10-4) lost for the second time in three games. Craig Sword paced the Bulldogs with 19 points.

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