No. 6 Kentucky 90, Georgia 79
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Allen Edwards scored all 19 of his points in the second half and No. 6 Kentucky defeated Georgia 90-79 Tuesday night, giving Wildcats coach Tubby Smith a triumphant return in his first visit since leaving the Bulldogs after last season.
Smith spent two seasons at Georgia, guiding the Bulldogs to their first-ever consecutive 20-victory seasons before succeeding Rick Pitino at Kentucky last May.
It also was Smith’s first time coaching against his son, G.G. Smith, Georgia’s junior point guard, who scored eight points as Georgia (8-6, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) lost to Kentucky for the ninth straight time and 16th time in 17 games.
Kentucky (13-2, 2-0 SEC) took its biggest lead of the opening half at 35-26 when Saul Smith, a freshman reserve guard at Kentucky and younger brother of G.G., hit a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds before intermission.
The Wildcats made it 38-26 to open the second half when Scott Padgett hit a 3-pointer after 35 seconds. Georgia got back to 47-41 after a layup by Derrick Dukes with 13:19 left to play.
That’s when Edwards broke the game open, hitting consecutive 3s, the latter with 9:58 to go for a 53-41 lead.
Wayne Turner led the Wildcats with 20 points, Hesimu Evans added 12 and Nazr Mohammed had 10.
The Wildcats built the lead to 61-46 on a 3-pointer by Evans with 6:18 left and Georgia got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
There were more cheers than jeers from the capacity crowd of 10,523 when Smith took the court moments before tipoff.
Georgia’s top two scorers, Ray Harrison (14.2) and Jumaine Jones (13.9), were held scoreless in the opening half.
Harrison, however, scored 17 of his points in the second half to lead Georgia. Michael Chadwick added 16. Jones wound up with 2 points.