Tuscaloosa, AL (WAVE) - Alabama junior, Tevin Mack knocked down 6-8 from behind the arc to lead the Crimson Tide to a 77-75 upset win over 13th ranked Kentucky in the SEC opener for both teams. The win is Alabama’s fifth straight victory, and first win over the Cats in six years.
The Tide didn’t make things easy on themselves. Alabama led the Cats 74-66 with just over one minute left in the game when chaos ensued. Kentucky freshman, Tyler Herro made a three pointer to cut the lead to five. After an Alabama turnover, another freshman, Ashton Hagans scored to narrow the gap to 74-71. After two Dazon Ingram free throws gave the Crimson Tide a five point lead, Hagans quickly scored again, then came up with a steal and an assist to PJ Washington cut the deficit to 76-75 with five seconds to go. Alabama’s John Petty made one of two free throws to make it 77-75. Herro’s last second three point attempt hit the rim and bounced off, and Kentucky’s three game win streak was snapped.
Five Crimson Tide players scored in double figures led by Mack’s 22 points. Kentucky also had five players in double figures, led by Washington’s 15. Alabama outrebounded the Cats 40-32. A big key to the victory
Alabama moves to 10-3 on the season, 1-0 in conference play. The Cats fall to 10-3, 0-1 in the SEC. Kentucky is back in action on January 8th hosting Texas A&M.