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Liveblog: Kentucky 69, Georgia 49

Old coaching friends and combatants face off as John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats take on Tom Crean’s Georgia Bulldogs in an SEC basketball game on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.

We will be inside Stegeman Coliseum bringing you live updates, scores and analysis. Interact with us on twitter @johnclayiv, @jerrytipton, @cbertramhl and @kentuckysports. There is also a dedicated Twitter feed on this post.

Final: Kentucky 69, Georgia 49

Final box

Kentucky 65, Georgia 47 with 3:11 left

Cats pulling away. Hagans has 23 points. Keldon Johnson has yet to score. Nick Richards has played well. Calipari has to be happy with his sophomore center. Tom Crean needs guards. A point guard would be a big help for the Bulldogs. A point guard like, I don’t know, Ashton Hagans.

Kentucky 55, Georgia 42 with 8:00 left

Ashton Hagans 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.

Kentucky 49, Georgia 39 with 10:56 left

Ashton Hagans now up to 17 points for the Cats. Keldon Johnson, UK’s leading scorer on the game, has yet to score.

Kentucky 44, Georgia 31 with 15:50 left

Separation has begun. Cats zoom to a 9-0 run to start second half. Ashton Hagans scores the first seven. EJ Montgomery nice drive down the right baseline for the other two. Lead now 13. Georgia crowd growing quiet.

Kentucky 40, Georgia 31 with 17:57 left

Ashton Hagans now up to 13 points after hitting a three-pointer with shot clock running down and then scoring on a fast break to start the second half. John Calipari said Monday no one knew for sure how Hagans would be affected by coming back home. I think we know now. Georgia’s Tom Crean calls time.

Halftime: Kentucky 35, Georgia 31

First half box

Kentucky 29, Georgia 27 with 3:40 left in 1H

Points in paint: 16-16. Georgia did come back to tie the score at 27 before PJ Washington hit a jumper from top of the key.

Kentucky 21, Georgia 18 with 7:49 left in 1H

Bulldogs are 1-of-6 from three-point range. Tom Crean’s club came into the game shooting 33 percent from three. Meanwhile, UK’s opponents were shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range.

Kentucky 18, Georgia 14 at the 10:39 mark 1H

Jemarl Baker buried a three-pointer from the left corner to put the Cats up 13-11. UK doing a better job defending the post, forcing the Bulldogs to shoot three-pointers. Ashton Hagans came up with a steal and fast break layup. Before that, PJ Washington drained a three from the right wing.

Georgia 9, Kentucky 6 at the 14:47 mark

Georgia center Derek Ogbeide has seven of the Bulldogs’ nine points. Kentucky’s interior defense is non-existent to this point. And the crowd here at Stegeman Coliseum is really into it.

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