Alabama picks up rare win at Kentucky, in big fashion

Alabama's hot start in the SEC continued Tuesday with a big win at traditional power Kentucky. The Crimson Tide are unbeaten in conference action.

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January 13, 2021 - 9:46 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Petty Jr. scored 23 points, including four of Alabama’s 14 3-pointers, Jaden Shackleford added 18 points and Alabama never trailed Kentucky to earn an 85-65 rout Tuesday night in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s top two unbeaten teams.

The Crimson Tide (10-3, 5-0 SEC) won their fifth consecutive game to remain atop the conference. They never trailed, and after the second-place Wildcats tied the game at 17-all, soon answered with consecutive 3s by Shackleford, Petty and Alex Reese (eight points) to regain the lead for good. The Tide led 67-47 with 6:49 remaining and Kentucky never got closer than 12.

“The first four minutes of the game basically tells who’s come ready to play,” Petty said. “Our coaching staff and our team harped on coming out, being the more aggressive team and focused team in the first four minutes.”

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