Kentucky @ Alabama: Wrap Up
Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 24, 2009
Kentucky started off their game this afternoon at Alabama very slowly, trailing the Tide by six points at halftime after playing arguably their worst 20 minutes of basketball of the year. They seemed to play with no sense of urgency and needed a wake up call before playing the second half.
That wake up call came with a halftime scare from Ramon Harris that seemed to bring the entire team together for the second half.
After being down 25-19 at the half, UK exploded for 42 in the second half and pulled away from Bama down the stretch by forcing turnovers and hitting free throws. With the game tied with 6:00 to play, UK began a 16-6 run that closed the game. It was all started when a foul-plagued Patrick Patterson re-entered the game to aid Kentucky’s suspect rebounding in the second half.
Jodie Meeks again led the scoring attack for the Cats with a cool 27 points on 10-18 from the floor, including 3-5 from behind the arc. Perry Stevenson paced the Cats as well with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while DeAndre Liggins scored an inconsistent 11 points.
One key for the Wildcat victory was the elevation of the play of some of the key role players. Darius Miller, although he did not score, stuffed the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals while DeAndre Liggins had 11 points and 3 assists.
Although the Cats played perhaps their worst game in conference play thus far, they were still able to win a game on the road by double digits, a sign that has to put a smile on Coach Gillispie’s face. Even with the vocal leader of the team in unknown medical condition, the Cats were able to band together and outscore Bama by 16 in the second half.
According to Catspause.com’s Matt May, Ramon Harris has been released from a Tuscaloosa area hospital and is in stable condition after collapsing in the locker room at halftime. More coming later on his situation.