AUBURN, Ala. — Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb scored 14 points apiece, and No. 2 Kentucky finished an uneven performance with a flourish to beat Auburn 68-53 Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (16-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had a 23-6 closing run for their second straight 15-point league win. They didn't take a double-digit lead over the Tigers (10-6, 0-2) until Davis scored on an alley-oop pass from Lamb with 1:31 left.
Kentucky has won the last 13 meetings and 27 of 28 against the Tigers.
But a team coached by John Calipari protÉgÉ Tony Barbee held the Wildcats to 40.4 percent (23 of 57) shooting. Auburn held its own with a formidable frontcourt, outrebounding Kentucky 35-29.
Marquis Teague and Terrence Jones each had 12 points for the Wildcats.
Rob Chubb led Auburn with 14 points and eight rebounds, but missed all three of his shots in the second half.