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Missouri won the opening tip and Brown scored the game’s first basket before Harrison’s 3-pointer. The teams traded baskets until the Wildcats’ Jarrod Polson found Marcus Lee for a reverse alley-oop to start a 12-2 run that gave Kentucky a 40-28 lead with 1:40 remaining before the break.

Haith drew a technical eight minutes into the first half after taking off his jacket and arguing about the lack of a whistle against Randle when the forward got tangled with Brown underneath the basket. Andrew Harrison converted one of two free throws before officials called three fouls on the Wildcats in the next minute.

“Any win is a big win,” Randle said. “We can’t take anybody for granted. We knew after the LSU game we had to come back strong and we had to come back more prepared.”