It was a little nerve-wracking there at the end, but Kentucky outlasted Alabama today 76-67 for its fourth straight win, third in SEC play.
The Crimson Tide rallied from a ten-point halftime deficit to cut the Cats’ lead to three with two minutes left, but a huge three by Immanuel Quickley with a minute remaining pushed the lead back to seven and put the game on ice. Quickley finished with a game-high 19 points, including FIVE threes, to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and a steal. In the past four games, he’s made 14 of 23 threes, or 60.8%. That’s good.
Ashton Hagans came up just shy of a triple double, finishing with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 4 turnovers. Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards both scored 13 points, with Richards notching his seventh double double of the season with 11 boards. He also had five blocks. Kentucky held a trigger-happy Alabama team to 28-76 (37%) from the floor and 4-21 (19%) from three while shooting 28-63 (44%) and 9-15 (60%) themselves.
Two bad stats: offensive rebounds and turnovers. The Cats had 10 offensive rebounds to Alabama’s 16, and turned the ball over 14 times. You know Cal will mention that in his postgame presser.
Plenty more to come throughout the afternoon…