Missed FTs sink Georgia's upset bid

First place Kentucky got a late-game scare from last place Georgia in Lexington, but they held on for a 61-50 win to remain undefeated in league play.

The Wildcats are now 19-2 overall and 10-0 in the SEC. Kentucky will likely be ranked number two in the country on Monday when the new polls are released. Georgia fell to 7-14 overall and 1-10 in the SEC. Kentucky has now won nine of its last ten games while the Bulldogs have lost nine of their last ten games.

The start of the game was what Georgia hoped for – Dennis Felton's club was up 9-3 with 16:08 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs waited nearly the rest of the game for the same sort of offensive production.

Georgia spent the next ten minutes scoring only four points. Kentucky jumped all over the Bulldogs during their umpteenth scoring drought of the season to go on a 21-4 run.

During that run the Bulldogs missed six consecutive free throws including an air ball from Steve Newman (an 85% free throw shooter for the season). Free throws would contribute to the Dawgs' demise. Even with the scoring drought, Georgia ended the half down only nine – 20-29.

Then the enviable happened – Kentucky went on a 9-1 run at the start of the second half and put Georgia in a serious hole down 40-21. Georgia went the first ten minutes of the second half scoring only nine points. They appeared to be in the process of another lopsided loss.

But with 6:17 to go in the game and with the Bulldogs down 14, Jay McAuley hit back to back three-pointers and Georgia started to claw back into the game. On the next Bulldog possession, Sundiata Gaines made a lay up and then Dave bliss went one for two at the charity stripe to get Georgia within ten at 53-43 with only 4:27 remaining in the contest.

After trading baskets Kevin Brophy hit another three to cut the Bulldog deficit to seven. The Dawgs stopped the Cats and Gaines fed Dave Bliss for a lay-up. Georgia was within five for the first time since the 8:54 mark of the first half. They would get no closer, however.

Kentucky's Rajon Rondo then hit a jumper to push the Cats' lead back to seven. Freshman Younes Idrissi could have cut the Wildcats advantage back down to five, but he made only one of two from the free throw line. Georgia struggled from the free throw line making only 45.4% (10 of 22) for the day – their worst free throw shooting of the season.

With :32 remaining in the game, and the Bulldogs down six, Gaines drove the ball to the basket, but his shot was blocked by Chuck Hayes. The Bulldogs had recovered an offensive rebound during that possession, but did not convert it into points. Kelenna Azubuike then converted two free throws with :24 left in the game to give Kentucky the win.



The Bulldogs have not won a road game this season. They are now 0-7 on the road this season. Their last road win came on January 17 of last season – a 65-57 upset win over Kentucky in Lexington.

Georgia out-rebounded the Wildcats 37-29. The Bulldogs have now out-rebounded two of their last three opponents. They were out-rebounded in six of the first seven SEC games.

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