- Saturday, February 19 2000 -
Georgia - 64 (Head Coach: Jim Harrick) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 70 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 19th by AP]
|J. P. Blevins||31||5||11||4||8||0||1||2||0||2||2||4||1||0||0||14|
Halftime Score: Georgia 35, Kentucky 30
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Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Stephen John; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
Cats comeback to win
Tubby Smith pulled a major surprise before the start of the game, announcing that starters Desmond Allison, Keith Bogans and Tayshaun Prince would be benched in favor of Jules Camara, J.P. Blevins and Marvin Stone, the latter two making their first starts in a UK uniform.Ê Rumors circulated that academic concerns were behind the changes.
Georgia tried to take advantage and broke out to an early 8-4 lead behind their outside shooting.Ê Kentucky overcame the deficit and took a brief 12-10 lead behind the shooting of Jules Camara and Marvin Stone.Ê Magloire worked the low post early and drew three fouls against the Bulldog front line.
The Bulldogs worked to contain the pace of the game early on and the strategy seemed to work. Both teams were shooting well early and D.A. Layne, Shon Coleman and Mike Patrick were scoring for the Dogs and Saul Smith, J.P. Blevins and Camara answered.Ê Georgia held a 21-16 lead at the 11:18 mark when D.A. Layne canned a long three.
Kentucky tried to step up the defensive intensity and pushed the ball up the court.Ê Stone was fouled in transition and pulled the Cats to within 21-18.Ê The Cats then made a nice defensive stop, but Magloire was called for travelling at the other end.Ê Patrick scored on a shot jumper and the Cats were down by five.Ê On the next possession, J.P. Blevins canned a long three and the Cats had the lead down to two.
Tubby Smith did not make his first substitution until 9:00 minutes remained in the first half when Todd Tackett replaced Magloire, after Jamaal picked up his second foul.Ê Two straight Kentucky fouls led to 4 Bulldog free throws and the Cats found themselves down by six, 27-21.
Allison and Bogans entered the lineup and Bogans nailed a three on the next possession.Ê Kentucky made two nice defensive stops including a great block and rebound by Camara.Ê But the Cats could not take advantage, even after multiple tips and putbacks failed to find their mark.Ê The Georgia zone was bothering the Cats, who committed 9 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
Saul Smith made a nice steal, and was found in transition, hitting both FT's, cutting the UGA lead to just one point.Ê After Georgia missed a gimme, Camara was fouled in the act of shooting.Ê Jules nailed both trys and UK had the lead with 4:24 remaining.Ê Jules then picked up his 6th rebound of the half but was called for offensive interference at the other end.
D.A. Layne made them pay at the other end with a three, but Magloire dunked the ball on transition just seconds later and the game was tied. Ê Patrick hit Georgia's fifth three pointer for a 3-point lead and Kentucky reponded by throwing the ball away and fouling Shon Coleman.Ê Coleman missed one of two tries but Georgia now held a 4-point lead with 2:25 to go.Ê A Coleman free throw took the lead to five. The zone defense of Georgia continued to bother Kentucky, who missed from the outside and missed a number of follow-up opportunities.Ê Both teams missed opportunities and the half ended with the Cats down 5, 35-30.
Georgia's Moses White (#3) scrambles to regain possession of the ball while defended by J.P. Blevins
J.P. Blevins (#3) drives while defended by UGa's Moses White