BASKETBALL: Alabama defeats Kentucky

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Kentucky falls to Alabama, 59-55.

The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 12-6 and 4-1 in SEC play with a 59-55 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Alabama’s defense forced 13 turnovers Tuesday night. Alabama trailed at halftime by nine points, but came back in the second half.

“I’m really proud of our guys’ effort. Our guys were very excited to play. Obviously there was great energy in the building, and there was a lot of emotion, and I thought our emotion got the best of us in the first half,” said Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant. “I didn’t feel like we were getting any rhythm. I thought we were being overly aggressive on the defensive end and allowed some easy baskets. They held us in the press. Something we talked about at halftime was just calming down. Just understand it’s a basketball game just like any other game and we have to do the things that allow us to have success. I thought we did that in the second half.”

Grant praised his team’s defensive effort after settling down.

“I thought our defense was solid. We set it in, we started to guard, we got stops, we got some good effort, a lot of different guys on the defensive end, and we made enough plays from an offensive standpoint. I’m just proud of the guys for pulling one out.”