UK overcomes scare from Georgia


Guard Andrew Harrison of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for a dunk during the second half of the game against the Providence Friars at Rupp Arena on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated Providence 58-38. Photo by Michael Reaves

UK survived another scare on Tuesday, overcoming Georgia 72-64 on Senior Night for the Bulldogs.

The Cats were led by freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Towns also pulled in seven rebounds on the night.

Sophomore guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison also scored double figures, combining for 28 points and seven rebounds, and had a steal apiece.

The game was tied at 32 going into the half after Georgia forward Nemanja Djurisic hit a buzzer-beating jumper. It marked just the second time all season UK has been tied at the break. Djurisic finished with a team-high 18 points and six boards.

Georgia had a nine-point lead with 9:12 remaining in the game, but the Cats went on a 7-0 run in two minutes to cut the deficit to 54-56. The Bulldogs ran back out to a six-point lead with just over five minutes left, but UK responded again, scoring 16 of the final 18 points to close out the game. Aaron Harrison and Towns combined for 12 points in the final five minutes.

Georgia forward Marcus Thornton had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs. The senior didn’t play in his team’s first matchup with UK a month ago due to a concussion.

The Cats remain perfect on the season with the win, stretching their record out to 30-0. UK became the 23rd team to go 30-0 in college basketball history.

UK returns home for its final regular season game of the year Saturday, taking on Florida. Seniors Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Brian Long will be honored before the 2 p.m. tip-off.

Staff Report