Kentucky hangs on to beat Georgia on the road
02/18/2017 06:25 PM
After a slow and ugly start in the first half for Kentucky with eight turnovers, the Cats still managed to go into the first half with a 33-31 lead. Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo scored eight points, with Adebayo adding five rebounds and Monk dishing out five assists.
Dominique Hawkins, aka ‘Old Reliable’ as Calipari calls him, added nine points off the bench before picking up his third foul early in the second half. Foul trouble was a problem for the guards, Isaiah Briscoe fouled out at the 4:53 mark with nine points. Dominique Hawkins fouled out with nine seconds left in the game.
Derek Willis didn’t have a great scoring night but was huge for the Cats. Willis tied his career high in rebounds with 12 and contributed seven points on three of three shooting. It was a back and forth game but De’Aaron Fox was the difference maker. After struggling in the first half and most of the second, he led the team with 16 points, including six free throws in the final 45 seconds helping the Wildcats win 82-77.
Kentucky finished with only 13 assists and 14 turnovers. The Cats out-rebounded Georgia 41 to 26.
Kentucky improves to 22-5 and will play at Missouri on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.