Crawford’s 26 points lead Kentucky to 63-58 win over Georgia

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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.

Bradley, who did not return to the bench for the second half, suffered a Grade 2 concussion and a cut on his chin, according to coach Billy Gillispie. Kentucky’s medical staff was able to close the cut without stitches, contrary to the initial report that Bradley 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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 Kentucky
Joe Crawford Joe Crawford
9-15,  26 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Georgia
Sundiata Gaines Sundiata Gaines
7-15,  15 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists

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