ATHENS, Ga.—Kentavious Caldwell-Pope picked up his sixth career double-double as Georgia beat Kentucky 72-62 Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Djurisic and Donte’ Williams scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“We are starting to show that we are growing up,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We had a great crowd, and we had a great crowd last week against Tennessee, and that makes a huge difference. That’s a win versus a terrific team, a well-coached team, a team that had to reinvent themselves after the loss of probably the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. You have to give the Kentucky staff and team a lot of credit and respect.”
“We are starting to show that we are growing up,” said head coach Mark Fox. We had a great crowd, and we had a great crowd last week against Tennessee, and that makes a huge difference. That’s a win versus a terrific team, a well-coached team, a team that had to reinvent themselves after the loss of probably the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. You have to give the Kentucky staff and team a lot of credit and respect.”
In the first half, Georgia used a 7-0 run to overcome an early Kentucky (20-10, 11-6) run and take a 22-16 lead with 5:31 remaining. Georgia used back-to-back three-pointers, including one by Caldwell-Pope as the buzzer sounded, to take a 31-26 lead to the halftime break.
Midway through the second half, Georgia used a 7-0 run, capped by an alley-oop dunk from D. Williams to build a 44-34 lead.
After Kentucky went on a 16-3 run to trail just 50-47, Georgia went on 12-0 run, highlighted by a breakaway dunk by Caldwell Pope to take an insurmountable 62-47 with under four minutes to play. The Bulldogs shot 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the final four minutes to seal their 15th win of the season.
Kentucky’s last lead occurred at the 9:07 mark in the first half. The Wildcats were led by Archie Goodwin who scored 20 points.
Tonight’s win was only the eighth time this season that Georgia has had three double-digit scorers.
With the win, Georgia is guaranteed to finish at least .500 in the SEC regular season, a feat now accomplished twice in the Mark Fox era.
It’s Georgia’s ninth win over the Wildcats in the previous 12 seasons.
Georgia heads to Tuscaloosa for it’s regular season finale against Alabama Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
• Tonight marked the last home game for seniors Vincent Williams, John Florveus and Sherrard Brantley.
• Caldwell-Pope remains one of just 10 players in all of NCAA Division I that has scored in double figures in each of their team's games. He's the only SEC player to accomplish this feat and one of just five from the "BCS" leagues to do so. Only four players in the SEC have completed the entire season score 10 or more points a game since the 1996-97 season.
• Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the first player (and, now one of three-Jeremy Atkinson, UNCA, and Chris Evans, Kent) in the NCAA to score 500 points, 200 rebounds, 50 assists and 50 steals.
• Georgia had three players score double figures in tonight’s win (Caldwell-Pope-24, D. Williams-10, and Djurisic-12) for only the eighth time this season and fifth time in SEC play.
• For Caldwell-Pope, it was his sixth double-double of the season.
• Tonight marked the first time that Georgia defeated Kentucky by 10 or more points since 1996.
•The Bulldogs improve to 12-6 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
• Tonight marked the first time this season that Georgia has scored 70+ points in back-to-back games.
• Kenny Gaines and and Sherrard Brantley both eclipsed the 100-point mark for the season tonight, bringing the team total to eight players with at least 100 points.
• Mark Fox is now 2-2 vs. Kentucky in Athens (Consequently, in Athens he’s 2-2 against Florida and 3-1 against Tennessee)
• Caldwell-Pope moved up two spots on the all-time sophomore points list. With his 24 points, he passed both Bob Lienhard and Jarvis Hayes to move into fifth place.
• With the win, Georgia is guaranteed to finish at least .500 in the SEC regular season, a feat now accomplished twice in the Mark Fox era.
• Donte’ Williams tied a season-high with three blocks.
The Series: Kentucky still holds a 115-26 all-time series lead, but Georgia has beaten Kentucky nine times in the past 12 seasons
Next Up: Georgia heads to Tuscaloosa for it’s regular season finale against Alabama. Georgia lost the first meeting in Athens, 52-45, snapping its five-game winning streak. Georgia will be going for its first win over Alabama since Feb. 2010.