Kentucky-Auburn: Wildcats Defeat Tigers to Remain Lone Unbeaten in SEC

Corey RobertsContributor IJanuary 22, 2009

It was another big night in the Bluegrass for Jodie Meeks and Patrick Paterson.

Meeks scored 31 while Patterson added 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead Kentucky to a 73-64 win over Auburn last night.

Perry Stevenson also had a big game once again by adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The rest of the team struggled to contribute, as there were only two other players who scored in the game. Ramon Harris kept to his season average with five points, and Darius Miller came off the bench and finished with three points.

Auburn surged several times late in the game and managed to take a two-point lead with under 10 minutes to play. Kentucky would not go away, though, and the solid play of Meeks and Patterson proved to be too much for the undersized Auburn Tigers.

Kentucky looked sloppy for most of the night, as evidenced by their 22 turnovers. Despite the lack of ball control, the team was still able to rally around its stars and get the victory.

What proved to be a difference maker in this game was free throw shooting. The Tigers were outscored 26-2 at the charity stripe in the game, with Jodie Meeks hitting 12 of 13.