OXFORD, Miss. — Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 SEC) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.
Ryan Harrow nailed a 3-pointer to stop Ole Miss’ run and Kentucky was able to hold on and win for the fifth time in seven games.
Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped.
TENNESSEE 58, VANDERBILT 57
At Knoxville, Tenn., Jarnell Stokes scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Tennessee (11-8, 3-4) to its second consecutive one-point win.
Kedren Johnson had a chance to win the game for Vanderbilt (8-11, 2-5) as he drove to the basket in the closing seconds, but his shot went off the backboard and rolled off the front end of the rim. Kevin Bright grabbed the offensive board but missed the potential game-winner.
VIRGINIA 58, NO. 19 N.C. STATE 55
At Charlottesville, Va., Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia (15-5, 5-2) won its fourth in a row.
N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) became the 17th team to be held under 60 points by Virginia.
NORTH CAROLINA 82, BOSTON COLLEGE 70
At Boston, P.J. Hairston ignited a first-half run and scored 14 points before he was taken off the court on a stretcher after a scary fall late in the opening half for North Carolina (14-6, 4-3)
Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points for the Eagles (9-11, 1-6).