Kentucky pulls away from Alabama for a 78-53 victory

Jamal Murray - photo by Walter Cornett
Jamal Murray – photo by Walter Cornett

scored 23 points, added 19 and 10 assists and No. 16 pulled away from Alabama for a 78-53 victory Tuesday night.

Senior returned after a five-game absence because of an injury to come off the bench and score 14 points, helping the Wildcats (21-7, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) bounce back from Saturday’s overtime loss at A&M.

Poythress’ return was definitely needed for a squad that played without starting forward Derek Willis, who sprained his right ankle against the Aggies.

scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, who limited the Crimson Tide (16-11, 7-8) to 35 percent shooting and handed them a second straight loss. outscored Alabama 40-22 inside, outrebounded the Crimson Tide 41-29 and made 22 of 28 free throws.

Retin Obasohan scored 29 points for the Crimson Tide