A quick summary of Kentucky's 79-54 victory over Georgia in Rupp Arena on Saturday.
Georgia, a surprise in early SEC play, had to go without injured guard Kenny Gaines (12 ppg). Play was sloppy early on both sides. Then UK erupted. A couple of Andrew Harrison lobs led to dunks, UK hit a trio of three-pointers and a coast-to-coast Derek Willis drive sparked a 21-3 run and 25-10 lead. The lead was 34-22 at the half. Georgia battled within 37-31 before UK began to pull away with a 19-3 run behind some nice work from Willie Cauley-Stein. A late basket and assist from Jon Hood ignited the crowd.
■ Kentucky showed good balance. Six players scored eight or more points.
■ UK went almost 12 minutes in the second half before commiting a turnover.
■ Georgia made 12 baskets inside the three-point line. Kentucky blocked 11 Georgia shots.
■ UK had a 20-6 edge in fast-break points.
■ Cauley-Stein had five steals and three blocks in the first half. As a team, UK had six steals in the half.
■ Kentucky made 29.2 percent of its first-half shots.
■ Saturday was the first time this season Georgia outrebounded an opponent and lost.
■ Julius Randle took three shots in the first half.
■ Kentucky's ball movement — led by Andrew Harrison — was the best it has been all year. The result was UK looked more like a team than a collection of good talent.
■ Cauley-Stein, struggling of late, played with the energy UK needs.
■ Not much to pick on. UK struggled a little to start each half.
Herald-Leader Staff Report