Trailing 6-4, Kentucky went on a 9-0 run for a 13-6 lead.
Some players are known as "instant offense." DeAndre Liggins has been instant
defense. Entering the game at the 13:05 mark, he contributed two steals,
two free throws, a basket, a rebound and took a charge before leaving the
game three minutes later.
Kentucky extended its lead to as many as 11 at 21-10.
Georgia bounced back with a 21-5 run to take a 31-26 advantage. The Bulldogs
extended the lead to six, 35-29, with 1:39 left in the half.
The Wildcats scored the last five points of the period, leaving Georgia
ahead 35-34 at halftime.
The teams battled back and forth in the second half, with UK having season
highs for ties and lead changes.
Kentucky got its first three-pointer of the game with 14:46 to go when
Wall connected from the left wing, putting the Wildcats ahead 46-44.
Trailing 59-57, Kentucky took the lead for good with an 11-3 run, giving
the Wildcats their biggest lead of the half at 68-62.
Leading just 70-68 with one minute to go, UK scored the last six points
on the game on a basket by Cousins, two foul shots from Wall and a game-sealing
dunk by Wall with 10 seconds left.
Key stats for the Wildcats:
UK won points in the paint, 46-28
UK forced 26 turnovers and won points off turnovers, 25-15.
This game featured nine ties and 12 lead changes, UK's most of the season
in both categories.
Patterson has scored in double figures in 11 straight games and all but
one this season.
Patterson moved past Jim Master for 30 th place on the UK career scoring
list. Patterson has scored 1,284 points as a Wildcat.
John Wall had 17 points and a game-high five assists.
DeMarcus Cousins totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and
a career-high three steals.
Once again, Cousins turned in a strong performance in the second half.
Sidelined by foul trouble in the first half, he scored 12 of his 16 points
in the final period. For the season, Cousins is averaging 15.4 points per
game, 9.3 of which are coming in the second half.
Cousins broke a string of four-consecutive double-double games.
DeAndre Liggins provided a spark off the bench, tallying six points, three
steals, one rebound and one charge taken in 14 minutes of action.