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Kentucky cruises past Georgia, 82-48

2607 days ago
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jamal Murray scored 24 points, Tyler Ulis added 14 and No. 22 Kentucky held Georgia to a season-low 22 percent shooting to coast to an 82-48 victory Tuesday night.

Picking up where he left off after a career-best 35 points on Saturday against Florida, Murray made 8 of 14 from the field including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. His accuracy helped spur the Wildcats (18-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) to 52 percent shooting and a surprisingly easy win over a Bulldogs team that entered as the nation's No. 6 team and SEC leader in field goal defense.

Georgia (13-9, 6-5) just couldn't make shots as its two-game winning streak ended. The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 0-for-17 drought and weren't much better in the second half as they trailed by 37 points in the final minutes.

Yante Maten's 16 points led the Bulldogs.

Derek Willis made three 3-pointers for 11 points for Kentucky, which won its second straight since blowing a 21-point lead in a loss at Tennessee. The Wildcats were more dominant than Saturday's bounce-back rout of Florida, even though they were outrebounded 36-34. They did gain a 24-20 edge on the defensive glass.

Despite playing a second straight game with forward Alex Poythress sidelined by a knee injury, the Wildcats topped Georgia 28-14 in the paint and 22-11 in bench points.

Most importantly, Kentucky kept Georgia's lineup with four double-digit scorers from getting started.

The Wildcats sandwiched a hot start and finish around a 5 1/2-minute drought to lead 42-24, closing the first half on a 16-4 run over 3:47. Even with the lull, Kentucky was 17 of 30 (57 percent) with Murray and Willis combining to make five of its 10 3-point attempts.

Georgia on the other hand struggled after a 5-of-8 start from the field, missing its final 17 attempts of the half to finish at 20 percent and managing just four free throws over the final 7 1/2 minutes. In fact, the Bulldogs' 13 free throws were two points more than they got from the field.

Kentucky's defense caused some of Georgia's frustration but much of the damage was self-inflicted as the Bulldogs simply couldn't hit a shot. Not even 10 offensive rebounds could help as they were outscored 20-6 in the paint.


Georgia: The Bulldogs had held eight of 10 SEC opponents below their season field goal average before Tuesday.

Kentucky: Ulis followed his career-best 11 assists against Florida with eight against the Bulldogs. ... Skal Labissiere had seven rebounds and six points before fouling out but drew a cheer when he tied up Maten grabbing an offensive rebound and both players fell backward to the court.


Georgia: Visits Mississippi State on Saturday.

Kentucky: Visits South Carolina on Saturday.