Jan. 22, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guards Trevor Releford (12), and Levi Randolph (20) and Rodney Cooper (21) celebrate during the second half of their 59-55 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Basketball: Alabama Takes Down Kentucky 59-55

Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s Basketball team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 59-55 in Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide improve to 12-6 (4-1 SEC) while the Kentucky Wildcats drop to 12-6 (3-2 SEC).

Alabama and Kentucky tangled early in the game, with each side exchanging baskets back and forth. Kentucky seemed to have a better grip on the game later on in the half and went into the locker room with a 33-24 lead.

The second half was a completely different story. The Tide came out of the locker room charging out in the first four minutes of the game, outscoring the Wildcats early 9-2. If you’ll remember, Alabama did a very similar thing in the Texas A&M game, scoring 15 points in the first four minutes in the second half after scoring 15 in the first half. Either way, Kentucky couldn’t seem to keep up the offensive production they had in late in the first half. The Wildcats were outscored 35-22 in the second half. Alabama jumped out to a 57-50 lead late and that was enough to secure the victory.

Leading the Tide starters was Trevor Releford, who has been an offensive star for Alabama recently, with 13 points and 2 assists. On the bench, Nick Jacobs led all Bama scorers with 14 points and had 5 rebounds total. Most interesting stat of the game? 6 turnovers were committed by Alabama all game, a stat that has horrified Bama all year averaging 13 a game.

Kyle Witler led the Wildcats off the bench with 14 points. Among the starters, Julius Mays led the starting five with 12 points and 3 rebounds. Kentucky committed 13 turnovers on the night.

Alabama’s next game is a rematch with Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, tip off is at 1pm CT.

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