Kentucky 80, Georgia 75
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Kenny Walker scored 22 points and Winston Bennett 20, including three free throws in the final 32 seconds, as eighth-ranked Kentucky clinched the Southeastern Conference basketball title outright with an 80-75 victory over Georgia Saturday.
Kentucky had assured itself of at least a tie for its 36th SEC title with a victory over Florida last Wednesday night.
Bennett gave the Wildcats a 76-71 lead with 32 seconds remaining when he hit one of two free throws, but Georgia’s Donald Hartry sank a 20-footer with 21 seconds left to cut the lead to three.
Bennett came right back and drilled a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining for a 78-73 advantage, that Hartry again cut into by hitting a 20- footer with 11 seconds to play.
Walker closed the scoring when he made two free throws with six seconds remaining.
It was the 14th conference victory in a row for the Wildcats, who had been picked to finish third in this season’s title chase. Kentucky lifted its record to 24-3 for the year and 15-1 in the conference.
The Wildcats trailed much of the first half before taking the lead for good 3:41 before intermission when Walker hit a 10-footer that broke a 30-30 tie. Kentucky had a 38-35 halftime lead and led by an many as 10 points several times in the second half.
James Blackmon added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Hartry and Horace McMillan each had 14 points for the Bulldogs, 14-11 and 7-9.