Kentucky Defeats Auburn 73-64 to Take SEC Lead

Jan. 21, 2009

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Wildcats stand alone.

With first place in the Southeastern Conference on the line, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Auburn 73-64 Wednesday night in front of 22,760 fans at Rupp Arena. With Florida and Mississippi State falling earlier in the night, UK (15-4, 4-0 SEC) took sole possession of first place in the conference.

The two losses helped the Wildcats take sole possession atop the leader board, but it was a pair of double-doubles and another huge scoring night from Jodie Meeks that got UK there.

Sophomore Patrick Patterson scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and junior Perry Stevenson chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds. It was Patterson's SEC-leading 10th double-double of the season and Stevenson's fifth career double-double.

Junior Jodie Meeks paced the Wildcats in scoring with a game-high 31 points.

UK won despite turning the ball over 22 times, but they crushed the Tigers (11-7, 1-3 SEC) on the glass. UK out-rebounded Auburn 42-22.

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