Travis returns and Cats handle Tide 73-55 in SEC Tournament opener

Travis returns and Cats handle Tide 73-55 in SEC Tournament opener
Reid Travis

(WAVE) - Reid Travis returned to the court and the Cats used a decisive first half run to put away Alabama in a 73-55 win on Friday night in an SEC Tournament quarterfinal in Nashville, Tennessee.

Travis had missed the last five games after suffering a sprained knee in a February 19 win at Missouri. He played 23 minutes, scoring 8 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Travis also blocked three shots.

Tyler Herro had a game-high 20 points. He scored seven during a 22-5 run that saw the Cats turn an early 6-4 deficit into a 26-11 lead.

PJ Washington had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and Immanuel Quickley finished with 12 points.

Kentucky improves to 27-5 and advances to a Saturday afternoon SEC Tournament semifinal against Tennessee. That semifinal will tip off around 3:30 pm EST. Florida and Auburn meet in the opener. They split two regular season meetings. Kentucky won 86-69 over #1 Tennessee on February 16 in Rupp Arena and the Vols won 71-52 on March 2 in Knoxville. Travis, who had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the first game, did not play in the second meeting.

Florida and Auburn meet in the first semifinal at 1 p.m.

The winner Saturday will make a great case to claim the #1 seed in the South Region and get the chance to play two games in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville for a chance to reach the Final Four.

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