Kellogg leads Ohio; UK rolls
KENT (AP) — Nick Kellogg scored 19 points as Ohio opened Mid-American Conference play with a 59-53 win at Kent State on Wednesday.
Kellogg made four free throws in the final 39 seconds to help the Bobcats (11-3) hold off the Golden Flashes.
Devareaux Manley had 13 points and Mark Henniger 12 for Kent State (9-5).
Miami led 26-19 at the half but Kent State regrouped to go up by four midway through the second half but, shortly after, the Bobcats went on a 15-4 run for the victory.
Travis Wilkins hit a 3-pointer at 6:08 to put Ohio up for good, 49-46. Maurice Ndour followed with a fast-break dunk off a feed by Javarez Willis. Ndour got loose inside again at 2:21 to make it 53-46.
That cold spell wasn’t unusual as Kent State shot just 28.3 percent, including 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) on free throws.
No. 14 Kentucky 85, Mississippi St. 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — James Young scored 26 points and No. 14 Kentucky rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State 85-63 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were playing for the first time since Dec. 28 and started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break. They regrouped to tie the game at 47 with 16:47 remaining before going on a 27-6 run over the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.
Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half to easily win the SEC opener for both schools. Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1) went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal.
Young shot 8 of 18 from the field to lead Kentucky, which made 49 percent overall.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress each added 12 points for the Wildcats. Julius Randle grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points.
Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
NO. 18 KANSAS 90, OKLAHOMA 83
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Wayne Selden Jr. had a career-high 24 points and Perry Ellis added 22 points to help Kansas started Big 12 Conference play with a victory over Oklahoma.
Kansas (10-4) won its conference opener for the 23rd straight year, a streak that began with the 1991-92 season. Oklahoma, in January 1991, was the last team to beat the Jayhawks in a conference opener.
Cameron Clark tied his career high with 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1).
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