|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Florida 69, Kentucky 52
|Alabama 52, Georgia 45
Florida Runs Away From Kentucky to Remain Atop League Standings
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The top two teams in the Southeastern Conference went head-to-head at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday night, and Florida staked its claim atop the league with a 69-52 win over Kentucky. With the victory, the Gators (20-3, 10-1 SEC) are now 12-0 at home on the season, with each win coming in double-digit fashion.
Five Gators scored in double-figures on the night, with Scottie Wilbekin’s 14 points leading the way. Wilbekin added eight assists on the evening to lead all players in that category. Patric Young scored 12 points for Florida to go along with 11 rebounds, and Mike Rosario (12 points), Casey Prather (12) and Eric Murphy (10) were the other Gators to hit the 10-point mark in the scoring column.
Kentucky (17-7, 8-3) scored the first four points of the game before Florida got into rhythm and eventually took a 13-point lead into the break. Julius Mays and Willie Cauley-Stein scored 10 points apiece to lead the Wildcats, with Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin adding eight apiece.
The Gators knocked down 49 percent of their shots on the game – including 43 percent from 3-point range – while limiting Kentucky to a 42 percent mark from the floor. UF turned 17 Kentucky turnovers into momentum-swinging points and led by as many as 19 throughout the evening.
Noel would leave the game with about eight minutes remaining in the second half for Kentucky after suffering an apparent knee injury following a come-from-behind block on Florida’s Mike Rosario. The freshman has been a defensive force for UK this season, and had six rebounds and three blocks before his early exit from the game.
Both squads will now look ahead to games on Saturday, with Florida facing Auburn and Kentucky going against Tennessee in early afternoon tip-offs.
Alabama Snaps Georgia's Five-Game Win Streak
ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama was in Athens on Tuesday night to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Crimson Tide snapped UGA’s five-game winning streak with a 52-45 win. Rodney Cooper led the way in the win for Bama (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) with 14 points on six-of-14 shooting.
Georgia (12-12, 6-5) trailed by six points with four minutes to play before putting together a 7-0 run to take the lead that included five consecutive points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Alabama answered the UGA run in a big way, however, with Levi Randolph and Cooper drilling back-to-back 3-pointers to put Bama back in the lead to stay.
Caldwell-Pope dropped a game-high 22 points for the Bulldogs, his seventh 20-point performance of the season. The big effort was not enough for the Dawgs, as only one other player managed to crack into double-digits in the scoring column.
Randolph finished with eight points for Alabama to go along with seven rebounds, while Trevor Releford added nine points and a pair of assists. Trevor Lacey also chipped in with eight points and five boards of his own, and the Tide escaped with a road win despite connecting on only 39 percent of its field goal attempts.
Georgia had even less success from the field, finishing the night at 30 percent from the field and just 22 percent from 3-point range.
Each team will return to the floor on Saturday. Alabama will take on South Carolina, while the Dawgs face off with Ole Miss.