- Tuesday, January 26 1999 -
Kentucky - 91 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 7th by AP]
Georgia - 83 (Head Coach: Ron Jirsa) - [Unranked]
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 46, Georgia 42
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 28. (All Rights Reserved)
Keeping Up With the Joneses (or, You Can Hit 15 3s and Still Not Beat Kentucky):
6th ranked Kentucky survived a scare against Georgia in Athens, where the Bulldogs had a chance to win in regulation, but the Cats' defense forced an overtime, where UK dominated to take a hard-earned 91-83 victory. The game was televised by ESPN (with commentators Brad Nessler and Larry Conley).
The Cats got the opening tip, and the 1st basket on a Turner backdoor move. Georgia tied it and even went ahead on a Nordin layup and Chadwick FT, to make it 3-2 UGa. UK went back up, until Jones made a shot from behind the backboard (heaven only knows how), and Nordin hit a 3 for an 8-5 Bulldog lead. Evans drew his team closer with 2 FTs, but Jones hit a long 3 to make it 11-7 UGa. Magloire had a tipin before the 1st TV timeout to make it 11-9 Georgia. Layne next nailed a 3, Magloire made a left hand hook, Jones hit a 6 footer, and Layne put back his own miss for an 18-11 Georgia margin, which was their largest lead of the night. Bradley and Padgett worked to cut this to 18-17 on a FT, a 3, and a 12 footer respectively. Then Saul Smith hit a 3 to give UK a 20-18 edge. But Jones hit 2 FTs, then Bradley had a dunk, then Jones made a tough 3 for a 23-22 Georgia edge. In a flurry of activity, Evans made a nice drive, Layne hit a difficult 15 footer, Saul Smith had a good drive, and Layne made a 3 for a 28-26 UGa margin. The pace slowed a bit, with Magloire putting back an Evans 3 miss, Fields hitting a wide open 3, Turner making a hard drive, and Hogan hitting a long 2 for a 33-31 Kentucky lead at the next TV timeout. Harrison was fouled (by Magloire) on a 3, but made only 1 FT. Hogan made 2 FTs, then Jones hit a bank shot for a 35-34 UK lead. Bradley put back a Saul Smith miss, but then Jones hit a very long 3 (at least 26 ft from the hoop) to tie it at 37-37. Evans made a layup, then Jones was also fouled on a 3, and made all 3 FTs for a 40-39 margin. Next Jones (who obviously had a stellar day) made a difficult 14 ft turnaround shot. Bradley answered with a layup, and he made a turnaround shot on UK's next possession. Finally Hogan hit a flying 3, and it was 46-42 at the half. Georgia already had 7 3 pt shots (in 13 attempts), with UK making 4-8. The Cats hit on 60% of their 1st half FGs, with Georgia connecting on 52% of theirs.
The Wildcats began to build a bit of a lead in the 2nd half, spurting out to a 56-47 lead on the strength of a Padgett breakaway dunk, a Bradley putback, a Padgett layup, an Allison lob to Bradley, and an Evans 16 footer. Despite a GG Smith 3, Bradley drove to the basket nicely for a 58-50 edge. After Turner made an old- fashioned 3, UK led 61-50 and seemed to have things under control. But the Georgia players, frustrated at losing 3 in a row on the road and defending a 13 game home court winning streak, went to work. Jones made a basket inside, then Layne had a fingerroll shot, and after Jones dunked a Chadwick miss, the score stood at 61-56 UK and the Bulldog crowd got back into it. Magloire hit a wide open 15 footer (no doubt UGa did not expect such a shot) , but GG Smith got another 3 to close the gap to 63-59. It was closed even further after a Layne 3 with about 8 minutes left in the game. Bradley was fouled (supposedly - the replay showed him hooking Nordin, who nearly got a technical after complaining) and made 1 FT for a 64-62 UK edge. Jones got a dunk to tie the score, then Evans tipped in an Allison miss. Jones and Chadwick combined to give Georgia a 68-66 lead with about 4.5 minutes left. Saul Smith hit 1 of 2 FT attempts, then Turner nailed a 15 footer for a 69-68 Cat lead. Padgett got a basket underneath for a 71-68 edge with 2 minutes remaining. But Jones made a FT, and Layne hit a 3, for a 72-71 UGa margin with a minute left. Turner tied the game on a FT, and with 36 seconds left, Georgia prepared to take the last shot of the game (calling timeout with 30 seconds left). After burning the clock down to about 5 seconds, Jones got the ball and tried to drive but was cut off by Padgett. Jones put up a shot anyway, which rimmed in and out to the sighs of the large number of Wildcat fans in the audience [JNB note - blush!].
In overtime it was all Kentucky - from the Cats getting the opening tip resulting in an Evans old-fashioned 3, a Chadwick drive and dunk past Turner, a Padgett 3, and a Jones very long 3 (perhaps 27 feet out or so) to make it 78-77 Wildcats. Padgett tipped in an Evans miss for a 80-77 margin, then after both sides missed 3s, Evans made another old-fashioned 3 for an 83-77 margin with 2 minutes to go. GG Smith nevertheless kept up the pressure with a 3, then Padgett answered with a rather long 3 of his own for an 86-80 score with 1 minute remaining. Jones missed a 3 and fouled Bradley, who made both FTs for am 88-80 score. The Wildcats in attendance began a cheer of "Go Big Blue" which was roundly jeered by the Bulldogs in attendance. With 19 seconds left, Harrison made a 3, but that was all the scoring Georgia could muster. UK made 3 FTs in the remaining seconds and pulled out a 91-83 OT win.