Crawford Powers Kentucky to 63-58 win at UGA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 on Saturday.

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 December.

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 season.

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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