UPDATE: No. 4 Kentucky eases by No. 25 Ole Miss 85-75

By Will Graves/The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Wall shook off a recent slump to score 17 points to go with seven assists while leading No. 4 Kentucky to an 85-75 win over No. 25 Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who built an early double-digit lead then held off a couple of second-half rallies by the Rebels.

Even better for the Wildcats was the steady play of Wall, who was all smiles following a meeting with coach John Calipari to clear the air after both expressed frustration over the freshman’s recent play.

Terrico White led Ole Miss (16-6, 4-4) with 19 points and Chris Warren added 15 but Ole Miss missed freshman big man Reginald Buckner, who sat out his second straight game with a sprained ankle.

Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Rebels 44-30 in the paint.

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