ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Joe Crawford scored 26 points, including a
3-pointer to start a 10-0 run to open the second half, and Kentucky
overcame the loss of Ramel Bradley to beat Georgia 63-58 today.
Freshman Patrick Patterson added 16 points for Kentucky, which
has won three straight Southeastern Conference games. The Wildcats
(10-9 overall, 5-2 SEC) moved over .500 for the first time since
Kentucky lost guard Bradley with 8:44 left in the first half
when the senior, attempting a fast-break layup, was knocked to the
ground from behind by Georgia's Dave Bliss. Bradley landed hard and
appeared groggy when he left the court.
A Kentucky spokesman said Bradley, who did NOT return to the
bench for the second half, suffered a possible concussion and a cut
on his chin which required stitches.
Sundiata Gaines hit a 3-pointer with 5:19 left to give Georgia
its last lead at 54-53, but the Bulldogs managed only one more
field goal the rest of the game. Troy Brewer sank a 3-pointer with
25 seconds left.
Georgia (11-8, 2-4) suffered its third straight loss and had its
11-game home winning streak end, including 10 wins in Athens this
Kentucky led only 30-29 at halftime but stretched the lead to
40-29 with the 10-0 run. After Crawford's 3-pointer, Michael
Porter's steal set up a basket by Ramon Harris.
Patterson capped the run with a jam.
Georgia, led by Gaines' 15 points, recovered with a 9-0 run and
regained the lead at 48-47 on a baseline drive by Terrance
Woodbury, who had 12 points.
After Gaines gave Georgia its last lead at 54-53, Crawford
answered with his fifth 3-pointer.
Georgia trailed 58-55 when Woodbury committed a turnover which
led to an alley-oop jam by Patterson, giving Kentucky a 60-55 lead
with 56 seconds left.
Bliss had 10 points and 8 rebounds, helping Georgia take a 40-31
advantage in rebounds..
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