PJ Washington and Tyler Herro scored 18 points each as fourth-ranked Kentucky slogged past Missouri 66-58 on Tuesday night in Columbia, Mo.
Ashton Hagans added 12 points for the Wildcats (22-4, 11-2 SEC), who looked a little sluggish three days after beating then-top-ranked Tennessee. But Kentucky was good enough defensively to hold the Tigers to 37 percent shooting.
Ronnie Suggs scored 13 and Jordan Geist finished with 11 for Missouri (12-13, 3-10 SEC).
Kentucky had some attrition up front, after starting forward and former DeLaSalle star Reid Travis left the game in the second half because of a sprained right knee. The extent of his injury is unclear.
Missouri did most of its offensive damage late, narrowing its deficit to six points on Torrence Watson's three-pointer with 14 seconds left.
After Missouri took an 11-10 advantage with 12:35 left in the first half, Herro scored seven points in a 42-second span to give Kentucky the lead for good. Washington racked up 15 first-half points as the Wildcats opened a 41-23 halftime lead.
Men's top 25
Baylor 73, No. 19 Iowa State 69: Jared Butler scored 17 points as the Bears (17-9, 8-5 Big 12) upset the Cyclones (19-7, 8-5). Baylor outrebounded Iowa State 44-28 and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds over the smaller Cyclones.
No. 5 Tennessee 58, Vanderbilt 46: Grant Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Vols (24-2, 12-1 SEC) beat the Commodores (9-17, 0-13) in Knoxville, Tenn., in their first game since losing their No. 1 ranking.
MIAC men's quarters
Augsburg 67, St. Olaf 64: Booker Coplin had 33 points — including a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer — and 15 rebounds to lead the fourth-seeded Auggies (17-8) over the No. 5 Oles (13-12) in Minneapolis. Austin Korba led St. Olaf with 22 points.
Bethel 93, Gustavus 67: The No. 3 Royals (19-7) placed five players in double figures, led by Matt Ambriz's 21 points, to beat the No. 6 Gusties (11-15) in Arden Hills.
MIAC women's quarters
Gustavus 73, St. Benedict 43: The No. 5 Gusties (15-11) avenged two regular-season losses to the No. 4 Bennies (15-11) behind 20 points and nine rebounds from Paige Richert in Collegeville, Minn.
Bethel 66, St. Mary's 52: Taite Anderson led four players in double figures with a team-high 17 points for the No. 3 Royals (20-6) against the No. 6 Cardinals (13-13) in Arden Hills.