Jan. 18, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team knocked off No. 12 Kentucky, 68-66, in front of a raucous crowd at Coleman Coliseum to remain undefeated at home this season.
Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (11-7, 3-1 SEC) with his fourth double-double in 10 games, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 15 points and sevem rebounds, while senior guard Charvez Davis scored nine points by going 3-of-8 from the three-point arc.
"I am so proud of our guys," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "I think we came out with great energy tonight, the crowd was unbelievable. I think we set records again tonight with the student attendance, and we needed every bit of it. It was great to see our guys make the stops and pull out the victory."
Alabama maintained its steady defense by holding the SEC's top scoring offense to just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) on the court. The Crimson Tide was able to secure its 10th home win of the season and 11th straight dating back to last season. It was the Tide's first win over the Wildcats since Feb. 17, 2007, when UA claimed a 72-61 win Tuscaloosa.
"Our guys were really focused," Grant added. "All year we've hung our head on the defensive end. We felt if we locked in and kept them out of transition, that we would have a chance to defend in the half court. The overall effort was tremendous."
Kentucky (14-4, 2-2 SEC) was able to jump off to a fast 5-0 lead at the beginning of the game due to two quick turnovers by Alabama. Afterwards, the Tide was able to chip away at the lead, and get back into the contest by igniting a 12-2 run at the 12:47 mark. Alabama took its first lead of the game with ten minutes left in the half courtesy of a two-pointer by Green to make it 17-15. The Tide increased that lead to 37-29 with just under a minute left in the half. Alabama's four first-half three-pointers were already its most in a SEC game this season.
Leading 37-30 at the break, Alabama stretched the lead to 20 in the second half, going up 52-32 with just 15:30 left in the game. Kentucky proceeded to chip away at the Tide's lead and was able to pull within one point with 2:39 left in the game. Alabama closed out the game in the waning seconds with a clutch steal and free throw by sophomore guard Ben Eblen to lock up the game for Alabama.
Four Kentucky players scored in double-figures, including Terrence Jones with 17 points and Doron Lamb who added 16 points.
Moving up UA's record list was Senario Hillman, whose two steals in the game gave him 159 in his career and moved him past current director of operations Antoine Pettway for fourth all-time at UA.
Alabama hits the road for its next contest, taking on in-state rival Auburn this Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT.