UK BASKETBALL | Cats trail early but rally in 2nd Half to put away Dawgs
03/12/2016 05:59 PM
For much of the afternoon, it looked like the Georgia Bulldogs might pull off a major shocker at the SEC Tournament Semifinals. Georgia led most of the first half, and had an eight point advantage with 13 minutes to go in the game. But from there the Cats shifted their game into a higher gear.
Guards Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis had 26 and 25 points respectively, as the Cats went on a 16-5 run to take the lead (with 8 minutes to go) and a 39-18 run to put away Georgia. UK eliminates the Bulldogs 93-80. Derek Willis added 14, while Isaiah Briscoe had 12, and Senior Alex Poythress was the fifth Cat in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Yante Maten led the Dawgs with 20.
The game really was a tale of two halves, as Georgia shot better than 60 per cent from the field in the first half, but cooled off considerably after the break, thanks to a staunch Kentucky defense. With the victory Big Blue improves to 25-8 overall. Georgia falls to 19-13. While the Cats are comfortably in the NCAA Tournament, the Dawgs will nervously await Sunday’s selection show to see which side of the bubble they sit.
It’s fitting that Sunday afternoon, Kentucky meets top seeded Texas A&M in the conference championship. The two teams tied for the regular season title, but Texas A&M was awarded the top seed because of their regular season victory over UK. If you remember, that was the game the Cats dropped 79-77 in overtime, in large part because of the controversial OT technical called on Isaac Humphries for slamming the basketball, after grabbing the rebound. Tip off for the SEC Tournament finale is 1 pm ET in Nashville.