STARKVILLE, Miss. — Jarrod Polson was a key contributor to Kentucky’s win over Mississippi State today, steadying the attack as starting point guard Andrew Harrison battled foul trouble.
Polson ended up playing a season-high 30 minutes, just one minute shy of the 31 minutes he played in the NIT loss at Robert Morris last season. Polson’s previous SEC high for minutes was 22 during last season’s blowout loss at Tennessee.
This was no blowout, however, as UK fought to hold off the Bulldogs, and Polson played a key role.
“He knows how to play basketball,” Mississippi State coach Rick Ray said afterward. “Sometimes when you got all that talent out there, you need a guy like that who’s just a mainstay to kind of accept who he is as a basketball player. He knows that ‘Hey, I’m open right here, but I’ve got Julius Randle open below me. I’m going to throw the ball to Julius Randle.’”
Here’s a look at the games in which Polson has played 20 or more minutes in his UK career.