UK Men's Basketball

Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Georgia

Kentucky' Aaron Harrison (2) scored in the second half half of the Georgia at Kentucky men's basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 25, 2014. Kentucky beat Georgia 79-54.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Kentucky' Aaron Harrison (2) scored in the second half half of the Georgia at Kentucky men's basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 25, 2014. Kentucky beat Georgia 79-54. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

A quick summary of Kentucky's 79-54 victory over Georgia in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

Talking points

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.

Telling numbers

■ 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.

Thumbs up

■ 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.

Thumbs down

■ Not much to pick on. UK struggled a little to start each half.

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