NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia at Kentucky
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:00 PM EST

KansSt
60
Kansas
81
F
Wyo
55
SDSU
72
F
Mia-FL
59
Duke
89
F
Butl
61
Vill
76
F
UGA
79
KY
89
F
MD
77
NW
66
F
TxTch
54
TCU
65
F
Ill
79
Purd
62
F
WichSt
56
SoFL
43
F
Fla
82
LSU
84
F
Toled
83
Ohio
74
F
Akr
81
MiaO
60
F
NIU
76
Kent
69
F
W MI
79
Buff
90
F
E MI
59
BGSU
62
F
OkSt
82
IaSt
89
F
Wake
68
Clem
71
F
Nebras
68
Wisc
82
F
TexAM
66
Mizzu
64
F
StJon
68
Marq
82
F
Miss
48
Tenn
73
F
VACom
73
StJos
60
F
SJSU
59
NM
86
F
AF
47
UtSt
72
F

Kentucky 89, Georgia 79

Jan 21, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia (11-7)

35

44

79

(15) Kentucky (14-4)

41

48

89

No. 15 Kentucky tops Georgia 89-79 for season sweep
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Ashton Hagans believed breaking out of recent shooting struggles was just a matter of falling in line with other facets of his game.

And, facing a team from his home state seems to bring out his best.

Hagans scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and No. 15 Kentucky used a 14-4 run to pull away and beat Georgia 89-79 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (14-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) had to work to put away the stubborn Bulldogs, who overcame missing 11 consecutive first-half shots and trailed 41-35 at halftime.

The Bulldogs closed within 41-39 and then struggled to score two baskets. Kentucky came out of a timeout and responded with baskets by Hagans and Nick Richards (20 points, eight rebounds) before Hagans made consecutive jumpers to build the lead to eight points.

Georgia didn't fade and trailed 55-52 when Kentucky answered with the pivotal run featuring six points from Keion Brooks Jr., pushing the lead to 69-56. Hagans closed the game with four free throws as the Wildcats earned their 14th consecutive series win.

While Kentucky didn't close as completely as coach John Calipari desired, he liked how his squad took control during a critical stretch.

"It was player driven," the coach said, adding that he had to jump in in the final minutes. "I asked them how they liked the player driven (responsibility) and they all said `yeah, yeah.'

"I would like to go full game without getting actively involved. This team became empowered during the last game. Now they feel it is about each other."

Hagans, a Cartersville, Georgia, native, finished 8 of 17 from the field after making just 14 of 43 the previous four games. He also had nine assists, five rebounds and four steals in 35 minutes.

In three games against the Bulldogs, Hagans is averaging 19.7 points and six assists.

"It's always good to go against my home-state team," he said.

Of his shooting, Hagans added, "It's starting to fall. I've just got to keep reps going and just keep getting up shots."

Richards was 7 of 12 for his second-highest output, Immanuel Quickley had 12 points and EJ Montgomery 10 for the Wildcats, who shot 54% in the second half and 53% overall.

Rayshaun Hammonds and Anthony Edwards each scored 16 points, while Tye Fagan added 14 and Toumani Camara 10 for Georgia, (11-7, 1-4) which lost for the fourth time in five games. The Bulldogs shot 56% in the second half, but finished 44% from the field.

DEFENDING EDWARDS

Edwards, the Bulldogs' top scorer coming in at 19.1 points per game, scored all his points on 7-of-8 shooting after halftime after missing his first five attempts. That speaks volumes about the initial defensive pressure applied by Quickley and Hagans before a halftime switch created better looks for the 6-foot-5 freshman.

"They did a good job on him, we were able to get baskets in other places," Georgia coach Tom Crean said of Kentucky's defense. "They were so focused on taking Anthony away, so we kept moving him and driving the ball to those areas he was. I thought Fagan did a good job driving the ball and (Sahvir) Wheeler did a good job off the ball."

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: Though Edwards initially struggled, the Bulldogs ably filled the offensive void. But in a game of runs, they couldn't slow Kentucky from mounting the key spurt that earned the victory. Shooting 6 of 25 from long range didn't help.

"We just had some tough stretches and you can't do that against them," Crean added.

Kentucky: Hagans showed his scoring rounds out his game, and the sophomore guard also played with more control, committing just three turnovers. Outrebounded 19-17 at halftime, the Wildcats clamped down to finish with a 38-31 edge, including several offensive grabs ending with a Montgomery basket during the run. They also won despite making just 1 of 9 from deep, another indicator of their shot selections.

UP NEXT

Georgia hosts Mississippi on Saturday in their only regular-season meeting. The Bulldogs also aim to end a two-game slide against the Rebels.

Kentucky visits No. 18 Texas Tech on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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Leaders

Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Wheeler 0 0 1 2 0 0
R. Hammonds 16 0 2 8 0 1
Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Hagans 23 0 9 5 4 1
N. Richards 20 0 0 8 0 3

Team Comparison

UGA KY
Points For 79 89
Field Goals 27/62-44% 31/59-53%
Three Pointers 6/25-24% 1/9-11%
Free Throws 19/23-83% 26/33-79%
Offensive Rebounds 12 12
Defensive Rebounds 19 26
Rebounds 34 38
Blocks 1 8
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 12 11
Personal Fouls 24 19
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - KY Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 7 KY 78 @ UGA 69 E. Montgomery 2 C. Brown 4
Tue Jan 21 UGA 79 @ KY 89 J. Harris 2 K. Whitney 1

Game Information

Stadium: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 20,135
Game Time: