Monday, January 11, 2016

Poythress, Lee Come Up Big in Kentucky's Win at Alabama

(9) Kentucky 77
Alabama 61

Final from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Game recap by UA:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The week didn't start off well for Alex Poythress or his teammates.

He was held to four points in the Wildcats' 85-67 loss at LSU on Tuesday night, despite playing 26 minutes. That bad outing didn't seem to affect his confidence on Saturday when he scored a career-high 25 points and No. 9 Kentucky beat Alabama 77-61 on the road.

Poythress, Lee Deliver Big at Bama

Poythress also had seven rebounds and the Wildcats (12-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back to avoid losing back-to-back conference games for the first time since March 1, 2014.

"You just have to get that bad taste out of everybody's mouth when you have a difficult game," Poythress said.

After the game Kentucky coach John Calipari said he challenged his team to put the LSU loss in the past. He said his team would have lost again if it played the same way it did Tuesday night.

"If you win on the road, especially against a team that's been playing like this team has been playing, it's a great win," Calipari said. "I told (Alabama coach Avery Johnson) after, `Look Avery, that's as good as we play.'"

The Wildcats held a 16-point lead with just over a minute remaining in the first half, but Alabama (9-5, 0-2) went on an 18-6 run for the next 6 minutes, spanning halftime, to come within four points.

Poythress said the team huddled up and talked about the need to focus when it got close. He said the team knew it was better than they were playing at that point.

"We can't give games away like this," Poythress said. "We have to learn how to bury a team and just consistently, just step on their throat."

The Wildcats scored a quick six points in the next 2 minutes and mostly held a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

Jamal Murray had 21 points and five rebounds and Isaiah Briscoe scored 12 points and also grabbed five rebounds for the Wildcats.

"It's nice that Isaiah will make the shot," Calipari said. "He's capable of doing it. It makes us a different team."

Retin Obasohan led Alabama with 21 points. Arthur Edwards had 11 points and Riley Norris had 10.

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