Saturday , Feb , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Alabama downs Kentucky

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Richard Hendrix scored 16 points and
grabbed nine rebounds, and the 25th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide topped No. 20
Kentucky, 72-61.

Ronald Steele scored 15 points and doled out seven assists for Alabama (19-7,
6-6 SEC), which had lost two straight entering the game. Mykal Riley added 12
points for the Tide.

Joe Crawford scored 17 points and added eight rebounds for the Wildcats (18-8,
7-5), who have lost three straight. Randolph Morris scored 15 points for
Kentucky, and Ramel Bradley added 12 points.

A Crawford three pulled Kentucky to within 65-61 with just over a minute left,
but Alabama scored the last seven points of the game to close out an 11-point
win.

The Tide extended its eight-point lead to 13 early in the second half, opening
the half with a 9-4 stretch. A Justin Tubbs basket closed the stretch, pushing
the Alabama lead to 39-26 just over four minutes into the half. The Tide kept
Kentucky at arm’s length, until an 11-2 Wildcats stretch cut into the Alabama
lead.

Trailing 43-32, Kentucky answered with the run, cutting to within 45-43 on a
Morris free throw with just over eight minutes left in the game. Alabama
responded with a 13-4 run, however, and a Tubbs free throw boosted the Tide
advantage to 58-47 with just over four minutes left.

Kentucky launched on an 11-3 run, capped by Crawford’s three, to pull back to
within four points, but that was as close as the Wildcats would get.

Alabama took control of the game from the opening tip, launching on a 15-2 run
to start the game. Kentucky closed to within 30-22 by halftime.

Game Notes

Kentucky’s 22 points in the first half was a season low for a half…The
Wildcats shot just 5-of-22 from behind the arc…Alabama improved to 13-1 at
home on the season….Kentucky still owns a 95-35 advantage in the overall
series.

ALABAMA KENTUCKY