Alabama holds off rally, up­sets No. 13 Ken­tucky

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Sports -

Tevin Mack made six first-half 3-point­ers on his way to 22 points, and Alabama held off No. 13 Ken­tucky 77-75 on Sat­ur­day at Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the SEC opener for both teams.

Da­zon In­gram scored all 11 of his points af­ter half­time, in­clud­ing some key free throws in the Crim­son Tide’s fifth con­sec­u­tive win. The Wild­cats (10-3) gave the Tide (10-3) a big scare in the fi­nal sec­onds af­ter surg­ing back from 11 points down, but Tyler Herro’s 3-point try for the win at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

PJ Wash­ing­ton led Ken­tucky with 15 points.


No. 4 Vir­ginia 65, No. 9 Florida State 52: Kyle Guy scored 21 points, and the Cava­liers (13-0) lim­ited the Semi­noles (12-2) to 15 field goals in the teams’ ACC opener in Charlottesville, Va. Brax­ton Key added 20 for Vir­ginia, off to its best start since 2014-15 (19-0). Phil Cofer led FSU with nine points. No. 8 Michi­gan State 86, No. 14 Ohio State 77: Cas­sius Win­ston scored 25 points, Nick Ward added 21 and the Spar­tans (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) ex­tended their un­beaten streak to eight games by beat­ing the Buck­eyes (12-2, 2-1) in Colum­bus, Ohio. Kaleb Wes­son over­came foul trou­ble to score 25 for OSU, which saw a sixgame win streak snapped. No. 3 Ten­nessee 96, Ge­or­gia 50: Jor­dan Bow­den scored 20 points off the bench, and the Vol­un­teers (12-1) opened SEC play in Knoxville, Tenn., with the most lop­sided vic­tory in their 146-game se­ries with the Bull­dogs (8-5). Ten­nessee won its 17th straight home game by nearly match­ing its high­est vic­tory mar­gin in any SEC game; the Vols beat Mis­sis­sippi 102-55 on Jan. 8, 1966.

No. 10 Vir­ginia Tech 77, Bos­ton Col­lege 66: Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker scored 25 points to lead the Hok­ies (13-1, 2-0 ACC) past the Ea­gles (9-4, 0-1) in Blacks­burg, Va. BC led early in the sec­ond half, but an 11-0 run gave Vir­ginia Tech con­trol for its eighth straight win.

No. 11 Texas Tech 63, Kansas State 57: Da­vide Moretti scored 19 points, and Matt Mooney added 14 to help the Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) hold off the Wild­cats (10-4, 0-2) in a matchup of de­fen­sive­minded teams in Lub­bock, Texas. K-State missed its first 13 field-goal at­tempts and trailed 17-3 nearly 11 min­utes into the game. No. 23 Ok­la­homa 74, Ok­la­homa State 64: Kris­tian Doolit­tle had 16 points and eight re­bounds, and the Soon­ers (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) beat the Cow­boys (6-8, 0-2) in Nor­man. Ok­la­homa held its Bed­lam foe to 6-of-26 shoot­ing from 3-point range, and 34 per­cent over­all.


Alabama guard/for­ward Tevin Mack cel­e­brates with fans af­ter a 77-75 upset win over No. 13 Ken­tucky on Sat­ur­day in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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