Tide roll into Lexington, defeat Cats 68-64

The Wildcats had things going their way. Randolph Morris was scoring in the paint, they were outrebounding the Tide, they had a seven point lead midway through the second half. Then the wheels came off, and the Cats snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Jermareo Davidson scored a game high 28 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Alabama Crimson tide to a 68-64 victory in Rupp Arena. Davidson's scoring led a sizzling offensive attack by the Tide, who shot 72% in the second half. The Alabama offensive game combined with ill-timed turnovers to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for the homestanding Wildcats.

With the Wildcats clinging to a slim 50-48 Ravi Moss hit a big three to put the Cats on top by five at the 9:11 mark of the second half. Alabama then went on a 12-0 run to take a 60-53 with under five minutes remaining. The Wildcats answered with an 11-3 run to regain the lead, 64-63, at the 1:21 mark. Alabama quickly answered the Kentucky challenge by going inside to Davidson, who converted a three-point play to give the Tide the lead for good at 66-64. The Tide hit enough of the free throw attempts in the final minute to maintain the lead.

Kentucky was led in scoring by Randolph Morris, who scored 19 points in his second game back from a half season NCAA suspension. Morris was 7-12 from the field and a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe. Morris was joined in double figures by guards Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley, who scored 11 and 14 points respectively. Bradley was the team leader in assists with four. Sheray Thomas was the leading rebounder for Kentucky, snaring seven missed shots.

Kentucky played without the services of forwards Bobby Perry and Rekalin Sims, who sat out the game with injuries.

Ronald Steele scored 14 points and Brandon Hollinger added 11 for the Tide. Steele's three assists led the tide.

The loss marks the third straight defeat for the Wildcats, and second consecutive loss at Rupp Arena.

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