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UK’s sudden burst blows away Georgia

UK’s sudden burst blows away Georgia

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:00 pm

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia kept it close most of the first half against top-ranked Kentucky.
Then, just like that, the game got away from the Bulldogs.
Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19 points and the Wildcats pulled away just before halftime, cruising to a 57-44 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night despite their lowest-scoring game of the season.
Led by Nemanja Djurisic’s 10 first-half points, the Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) showed no fear early on against a Kentucky team playing its first game since moving back to the top of the rankings. Georgia withstood a 10-0 run by the Wildcats and trailed only 23-22 with less than 6 minutes to go in the period.
Suddenly, the Wildcats (20-1, 6-0) turned it on. Kyle Wiltjer knocked down a 3-pointer, then passed to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a dunk. Dustin Ware answered for the home team with a 3-pointer, but that jumper with 5:01 remaining was Georgia’s final field goal of the half.
Kentucky finished the half with a 10-1 spurt, as Miller scored seven straight on a 3-pointer and two jumpers from inside the arc. After that, the Wildcats’ 12th straight win was a formality, even though they scored only 19 points in the second half.
“We had a burp there on defense late in the first half,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We were never able to get back in striking distance after that. It was a costly time period, but Kentucky is a terrific team. Their defense is just so good.”
Fox said the Bulldogs simply couldn’t cope with a team that has the 6-foot-8 Miller at guard and 6-7 Kidd-Gilchrist playing small forward.
“Their length in their size just overpowers you,” he said. “When your 2 guard is as big as Miller is, then you have Kidd-Gilchrist at the 3 — and those guys are the size of power forwards — they can just overpower you.”
Miller, who had started eight of the previous nine games for Kentucky, returned to the sixth-man role he had played earlier in the season.
Published in The Messenger 1.25.12

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