LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Alabama's star was getting sick just as Kentucky's was getting better.
Ramel Bradley had 19 points -- including three clutch 3-pointers -- in his return to the lineup as the Wildcats cruised 62-52 today over an Alabama team playing without leading scorer and rebounder Richard Hendrix, who had the flu.
Kentucky (12-9, 6-2) has been rolling in Southeastern Conference play, winning five straight games and lurking just behind Tennessee for first place in the East. The Crimson Tide (13-11, 2-7) has now lost seven of its last nine.
Bradley, the sparkplug senior guard who seldom misses a minute of a game, let alone an entire one as he did earlier this week against Auburn, had spent most of the week in bed recovering from a concussion and stomach virus.
His return to good health was just what the doctor ordered for Kentucky. He led the team with 19 points.
Guard Mykal Riley led the Crimson Tide with 19 points.
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