Jamal Murray scored 23 points, Tyler Ulis added 19 and 10 assists and No. 16 Kentucky pulled away from Alabama for a 78-53 victory Tuesday night.
Senior Alex Poythress 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 Texas A&M.
Poythress’ return was definitely needed for a Kentucky squad that played without starting forward Derek Willis, who sprained his right ankle against the Aggies.
Isaiah Briscoe scored 10 points and Marcus Lee 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. Kentucky 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