Kentucky 82, Georgia 70

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Bobby Perry had a season-high 22 points and a career best four 3-pointers in his final game at Rupp Arena as Kentucky broke out of a slump with an 82-to-70 victory over Georgia Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (20-9, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) had lost four of their previous five games.

Although Kentucky's NCAA tournament resume already appears relatively secure, a loss would have dropped college basketball's all-time winningest program into fifth place in the six-team SEC East.

Instead, the Bulldogs (17-11, 8-7) now occupy that spot while the Wildcats are tied with Tennessee for third.

Kentucky took a 66-to-48 lead with eight minutes left when Ramel Bradley banked in a 3-pointer, got a rebound and threw a long pass to a breaking Joe Crawford for an easy layup.

Despite the 18-point lead, there was some restlessness up until the end. After all, the Wildcats had led by 17 five weeks ago in Athens, only to lose to the Bulldogs in overtime.

Georgia cut the lead to 73-65 with just under two minutes left when Terrance Woodbury nailed consecutive threes and Takais Brown added a fastbreak dunk. Woodbury led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

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