TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Jaden Shackelford scored 21 factors to assist No. 9 Alabama beat Kentucky 70-59 on Tuesday night time and full its first common season two-game sweep over the Wildcats since 1989.
After a back-and-forth second half, Davion Mintz’s 3-pointer put Kentucky up 54-52 with 4:52 remaining within the recreation. The Alabama protection then made stops on 5 straight possessions which led to a 10-Zero Crimson Tide run that basically put the sport away.
The Crimson Tide (14-3, 9-Zero Southeastern Convention) extends their profitable streak to 10 video games.
For a group that got here in identified for its 3-point capturing, Alabama made its first three makes an attempt after which struggled for the remainder of the sport. The Crimson Tide didn’t hit their first 3-pointer of the second half until Shackelford made one with 9:48 to place Alabama up 47-43.
Alabama senior Herbert Jones completed one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to assist seal the sport for the Tide.
This recreation was way more tightly contested than the 85-65 Alabama win on Jan. 12, however in the long run the Kentucky (5-10, 4-Four SEC) offense couldn’t convert within the ultimate couple of minutes of the sport till it was too late.
The Wildcats had been led in scoring by Mintz, Dontaie Allen and Olivier Sarr all with 12 factors.
Kentucky: The Wildcats fall to 0-10 on the 12 months when scoring 65 factors or much less.
Alabama: Even whereas solely make six 3-pointers, its second lowest whole of the season, the Alabama offense nonetheless discovered a option to convert, particularly from the free throw line the place they completed 24-28.
Alabama takes a break from convention play and travels to No. 24 Oklahoma on Saturday to tackle the Sooners within the SEC/Large 12 Problem.
Kentucky should rebound shortly as they host No. 5 Texas as a part of the SEC/Large 12 Problem on Saturday.
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