- Wednesday, January 26 2000 -
Kentucky - 75 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 16th by AP]
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Georgia - 69 (Head Coach: Jim Harrick) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 43, Georgia 37
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Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Jeff Drummond; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
Magloire fuels win
ATHENS, Ga. -- Call to the post took on a whole new meaning Wednesday for Kentucky and Georgia.
The Bulldogs got a career-high 26 points from junior forward Shon Coleman and scored with uncharacteristic ease against Kentucky's vaunted interior defense, but the Wildcats countered with yet another double-double by Jamaal Magloire in a 75-69 victory at Stegeman Coliseum.
Magloire was 8-for-12 from the field on his way to a 19-point performance. The senior center also pulled down 10 rebounds to record his eighth double-double in the last 12 games. His dominating effort helped the No. 16 Cats avoid Georgia's upset bid, which was fueled by an offensive attack that included 40 points in the paint.
"We were very fortunate to come away with a win tonight," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "... Jim Harrick and his team were ready to play and executed well. Shon Coleman was unstoppable tonight. He was just taking it to Tayshaun (Prince) and Jules (Camara). He's just so much stronger and more aggressive than they are."
"I thought Shon played great for us tonight," Harrick said. "Coming into the game we thought his position had a good chance to score and he played a great game for us down low."
At the same token, however, Kentucky took advantage of its own mismatches on the offensive end of the floor.
With the game tied at 64-64 and 3:46 remaining, Kentucky looked for the 6-foot-10 Magloire and 6-9 Prince in the low post. The Bulldogs, with no player on the floor taller than 6-7, could not challenge.
Prince scored inside off a Saul Smith feed and Magloire tossed in a jump-hook at the 2:39 mark to give the Cats a 68-64 advantage. Georgia responded with two free throws by Anthony Evans, but Prince came back with a jump-hook of his own to push the margin back to four.
Following a free throw by Smith --- and a costly one at that as Coleman fouled out of the game --- the Bulldogs pulled within 71-69 on Adrian Jones' 3-pointer from the right wing. Back came Kentucky, though, with another a jump-hook by Magloire to make it 73-69 with 41 seconds left.
Georgia missed on its last three attempts from the field, and Prince hit two of four free throws to seal the victory.
The Kentucky coach praised his team for improved handling of late-game situations that plagued the Cats earlier this season.
"I think we're executing better. You're going to have to make those plays if you're a championship team," Smith said. "... We made plays. Tayshaun made that big jump-hook, and getting it in to Jamaal was key."
Kentucky (14-5 overall, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) won for the 10th time in 11 games and moved back into a first-place tie with Tennessee in the Eastern Division. Georgia dropped to 9-10 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Early on, it appeared Georgia would catch the Cats in a lull. The Bulldogs raced to a 9-3 advantage as Coleman scored twice inside and D.A. Layne buried the first of three long 3-pointers in the first half.
The game remained close throughout the first half before freshman guard Keith Bogans scored eight points in the final three minutes to give UK a 43-37 lead going into the locker room.
A Smith 3-pointer pushed the Cats' lead to 52-43 (its high point for the game) four minutes into the second half, but Georgia responded with an 8-2 run to pull within 54-51. From that point on, Kentucky could not put the Bulldogs away, but never surrendered the lead.
"We're finding ways to win," Smith said.
In addition to Magloire, the Cats placed three other players in double figures. Prince and Bogans each scored 14 while Smith added 10. Kentucky shot 49-percent (28 of 57) from the field, its third-highest figure of the season.
Layne and Evans added 17 and 12 points, respectively for Georgia. The Bulldogs owned a 36-35 rebounding advantage, but shot only 43 percent (26 of 61) from the field and 29 percent (6 of 21) from 3-point range.
Kentucky returns to action Saturday at Miami (Fla.) in a 1 p.m. game regionally televised by CBS. The Hurricanes (12-7, 2-1 Big East), coached by former UK assistant Leonard Hamilton, are coming off a 63-49 victory over Notre Dame and have won three straight.