Second half key as UK knocks off Tigers

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky Wildcats turned in another good second half performance and shut the door on Auburn Wednesday night in defeating the Tigers 67-51.

With the win, the No. 8 Wildcats improve to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers, ranked No. 24, fall to 15-3 and it was their first SEC loss against four wins.

The Wildcats, winners of eight in a row, got big play from guard Gerald Fitch and center Jules Camara.

Fitch, who went 0 for 6 in the first half, scored 15 points of his 16 points in the second half while Camara added a season high 13 points off the bench.

Keith Bogans scored 13 points and Cliff Hawkins added 10.

"They took us out of the things we wanted to do tonight," Auburn coach Cliff Ellis said. "It was Fitch and our turnovers."

Fitch did most of the damage during a 20-3 run in the second half. That run started with UK trailing 38-37 and 12:19 left in the game. Fitch connected on two three-pointers and scored nine points during the next seven minutes.

Auburn, coming off a big win over Alabama last week, couldn't keep up, and went almost the entire seven minutes without a basket.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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