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Darnell Dodson hit two 3-pointers early in the second half to help Kentucky extend the lead to 58-41, but Mississippi kept coming.
The Rebels pulled within 60-57 on a basket by White with 13:55 to play before the Wildcats did something it's been unable to do at times this season: finish strong.
Cousins, collecting his fifth straight double-double, started Kentucky's game-clinching 11-2 run with a putback. Darius Miller then knocked down a 3-pointer before Cousins took a charge. Patrick Patterson, who had 12 points, nailed a 3-pointer then added a three-point play as the Wildcats went back in front 71-59.
Mississippi never got back within single digits, and Wall capped his night with a 3-pointer to put Kentucky up 80-62 with 4:05 remaining.
He walked off the court to a standing ovation, and received another one when he came back onto the court for a postgame radio appearance as the crowd exhaled with Kentucky's star apparently back in his coach's good graces.
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