Jan. 24, 2012
Athens, GA --- Top-ranked Kentucky, led by 19 points from Darius Miller, defeated Georgia 57-44 here Tuesday night to earn its 20th victory of the season and stay undefeated in Southeastern Conference play.
Dustin Ware recovered from a rough outing Saturday against Ole Miss by leading the Bulldogs with a 12-point performance. Nemanja Djurisic also scored in double figures finishing with 10 points, all of which came in the first half.
Georgia (10-10, 1-5) came out with a bang to start off the contest, scoring 14 points in the first six minutes, and managed to hold onto a slim lead over the nation's number one team half way through the first half.
"I thought that we opened up the game well," head coach Mark Fox said after the game. "Outside of giving up a few easy baskets early in our man defense, I think we competed very well in the first 10 or 12 minutes of the first half. We had a `burp' there late in the first half that we never really recovered from, but Kentucky is just a terrific team."
Georgia's rebounding woes continued tonight, as the Bulldogs were out rebounded 41-26. After the game, Georgia head coach Mark Fox attributed this stat to Kentucky's remarkable size advantage.
"Their length and their size just overpower you. When your two guard is as big as Miller, and then you have Kidd-Gilchrist at the three...they can just switch everything (on defense) and still maintain a size advantage. They have a lot of great defensive pieces and they use them well together."
A three pointer by senior guard Darius Miller recaptured the lead for Kentucky (20-1, 6-0) at the 10:33 mark in the first half. The Wildcats would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.
Miller finished the game with 19-points off the bench, matching his season high, on 7-8 shooting. He was a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc.
Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist churned out another strong performance, finishing with 14-points and 11-rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year.
Georgia heads to Auburn, Ala., on February 1 to continue SEC play. The Bulldogs' next home contest will come on February 8 against Arkansas.