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Recap: Auburn 62, Kentucky 72
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Date: February 09, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kyle Wiltjer's 14 points led five Kentucky players in double figures as the Wildcats outlasted Auburn 72-62 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Though tighter than the Wildcats' 75-53 beating of the Tigers three weeks ago at Auburn, the victory provided their longest winning streak this season and some momentum before Tuesday's Southeastern Conference showdown at first-place Florida. The Wildcats (17-6, 8-2) began the day a game behind the Gators.

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Kentucky survived physical and sometimes chippy play by Auburn, which saw center Rob Chubb and backup Asauhn Dixon-Tatum foul out. The Wildcats made 26 of 38 free throws to beat Auburn for the 15th straight time.

Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein each added 12 points, while Julius Mays and Nerlens Noel had 10 apiece. Noel added 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double but blocked his only shot in the final minutes.

Chris Denson's 15 points led Auburn (9-14, 3-7).

Kentucky didn't expect this game to be as easy as its 22-point victory at Auburn, when the Wildcats shot 67 percent in the second half and 55 percent overall. That marked their most decisive SEC win this season until they matched it in Tuesday night's 77-55 romp over South Carolina.

What coach John Calipari and the Rupp Arena crowd, which included the Wildcats' 1978 national championship team, got from his young squad was another dose of grind-it-out basketball similar to the first half of the teams' previous meeting, this time stretched over 40 minutes.

Both teams shot 43 percent, with Kentucky hitting 20 of 46 from the field while Auburn, which had been averaging 40 percent per game, was 22 of 51. The Wildcats outrebounded the Tigers 35-29 but had to work hard for each one.

And while Auburn continued to struggle making shots, the Tigers led three times early on and stayed close to Kentucky throughout the first half. The Tigers used a combination of man and zone defenses to cut off the Wildcats' inside penetration, along with aggressive double-teaming of Noel.

Kentucky started 4 of 10 while missing seven of eight 3-pointers but loosened up after Jarrod Polson's 3-pointer, his first basket in three games, put the Wildcats up 16-14. The junior guard was effective during an initial 11-minute stint in place of Harrow, adding two rebounds and two assists.

Several small leads followed for the Wildcats, who fought through the pressure to draw fouls. Kentucky was 9 of 14 from the free throw line in the first half, helping provide a 37-31 halftime lead.

Auburn was just 11 of 29 from the field, though it made 6 of 9 beyond the arc and held its own in rebounding to stay close. But a late first-half confrontation under Kentucky's basket between the Tigers' Jordan Granger and the Wildcats' Archie Goodwin ended with Granger's ejection with a flagrant-2 foul and two personals on Goodwin.

Fouls became a bigger issue for Auburn early in the second half after Chubb picked up two quick ones and went to the bench with four at the 16:15 mark. Dixon-Tatum picked up his fourth soon after, opening a door for Kentucky.

The Wildcats took advantage at the line again as the Tigers' aggressiveness drifted toward chippy. After leading scorer Frankie Sullivan was called for a flagrant-1 for wrapping up Wiltjer on a drive, the sophomore made both free throws.

Kentucky turned the ball over but Mays' 3-pointer from the top of the key on the next possession provided a 47-38 lead. That basket drew the ire of Auburn coach Tony Barbee, who slapped the ball out of Josh Wallace's hands as the team gathered at the bench during a timeout.

Mays added two more free throws and Wiltjer followed with a 3-pointer, giving Kentucky its biggest lead at that point, 54-42, with 10:31 remaining. The Wildcats methodically stretched their lead, helped by Chubb's disqualification with 7:38 left, followed by Dixon-Tatum 54 seconds later.

Sullivan finished with eight points, half his average coming in.

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 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 9
 
    Temple at Dayton
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgetown at Rutgers
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at UNC Wilmington
12:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Wisconsin
12:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM EDT
    Northern Illinois at Buffalo
1:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    Akron at Miami (OH)
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Missouri
1:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Texas
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Vanderbilt
1:45 PM EDT
    Towson at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Houston
2:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Miami (FL)
2:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
3:00 PM EDT
    South Florida at Villanova
3:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Baylor
4:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Oklahoma
4:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Old Dominion
4:00 PM EDT
    Pepperdine at Portland
4:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Iowa
4:30 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Florida
5:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Georgia
5:00 PM EDT
    Fresno State at San Diego State
6:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Denver
6:00 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Kansas State
6:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at Arizona State
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Pennsylvania
7:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Purdue
7:00 PM EDT
    College of Charleston at Chattanooga
7:30 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Wichita State
7:30 PM EDT
    Wright State at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Oregon
8:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Alabama
8:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Penn State at Nebraska
9:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Northridge
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    UC Davis at Cal Poly SLO
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    Pacific at Santa Barbara
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    Illinois State at Creighton
10:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at UCLA
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    St. Mary's California at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Cal Riverside
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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