Men's Basketball Falls at Kentucky, 77-71
Jan. 21, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Alabama men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 77-71 decision to the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats Saturday in Rupp Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 13-6 overall and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference play while Kentucky improves to 19-1 and 5-0 in the SEC.
"I thought it was a very good college basketball game today," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "You had two teams out there that really battled and fought hard. I thought our guys certainly played with effort and the passion that, as a coach, you want to see. Unfortunately we weren't able to make the plays down the stretch."
Alabama senior forward JaMychal Green led Alabama with 22 points and 12 rebounds, registering the 23rd double-double of his career, while sophomore guard Trevor Releford added 17 points, all in the second half, for the Tide. Green became the 15th player in Alabama history to notch 1,500 career points and is one of only three active players in the SEC to accomplish that feat.
After trailing the Wildcats 37-32 at halftime, Alabama pulled within two points on six separate occasions and within one point on two occasions in the second half. However, the Tide could never grab the lead from the Wildcats who offset just one made field goal in the game's final 6:52 by connecting on 15-of-18 free throws.
Terrence Jones, one of six Wildcats to score in double-figures, led Kentucky with 15 points.
Next up for Alabama is a road trip to Columbia, S.C. to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.