UK-UF: Comeback 'Cats Win - Again

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kelenna Azubuike scored 18 points and No. 5 Kentucky rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat Florida 69-66 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (18-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) beat Florida (14-6, 6-3) for the eighth straight time and 10th in 11 games. The Wildcats hold a three-game lead in the SEC East with seven games remaining.

Florida, which routed then-No. 11 Alabama by 31 points on Saturday, looked to be in control against Kentucky as well, leading by 11 points in the first half and by nine with 16:57 left.

But Kentucky scored 13 of the next 15 points to go ahead 47-45. The Wildcats took the lead for the first time since early in the game when Rajon Rondo threw a behind-the-back pass to Ravi Moss for a lay-in with 13 minutes left.

The Wildcats went ahead for good at 53-52 on Azubuike's 3-pointer with 9:52 left and held the lead thanks in good measure to the play of Rondo, their freshman point guard.

The 6-foot-1 Rondo had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He also helped shut down Anthony Roberson, the SEC's second-leading scorer, in the second half when he had eight mostly meaningless points after getting 15 in the first half.

Rondo, a 50 percent free throw shooter, even went 8-of-10 from the line. Kentucky, which entered the game shooting 65.8 percent from the line, went 18-of-24 (75 percent) against the Gators.

Kentucky only had three second-half turnovers after committing eight in the first half.

Kentucky led 64-54 after a three-point play by Azubuike with 3:37 left. Florida came within four points with a minute left and had two chances to pull closer, but Matt Walsh and Roberson each missed 3-point attempts.

Chuck Hayes, who had 11 points and nine rebounds, made two free throws for Kentucky with 26 seconds left and Moss went 1-of-2 from the line with 10 seconds left.

Walsh scored 18 points for Florida. The Gators, who outrebounded Alabama by 25, were outrebounded 34-27 by Kentucky.

Led by Roberson, Florida shot 54.2 percent in the first half and took a 36-29 lead.

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