By KEITH TAYLOR
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Taylor Murray scored a career-high 14 points to lead No. 9 Kentucky to a 54-47 victory over Auburn on Sunday.
Murray hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining after Auburn rallied from a 47-37 deficit to pull within 47-45. Kentucky made four of six free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Coming off a 73-62 loss to No. 2 South Carolina on Thursday, the Wildcats recovered to avoid a season sweep by the Tigers.
Kentucky, which blew a 17-point lead in a 66-61 loss to the Tigers on Jan. 3, used a strong second half to avoid a second straight home loss.
Makayla Epps had 13 points and Evelyn Akhator added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Akhator scored six points in the loss to the Gamecocks but bounced back and reached double figures for the 12th time this season.
Montgomery, who scored a season-high 27 points in an earlier win over the Wildcats, finished with 15 points for Auburn (12-6, 2-3).