ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia hosted Kentucky on the hardwood on Thursday night, and the Bulldogs were anything but kind to their guests in a 72-62 win over the Wildcats. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way for UGA (15-15, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) with a double-double performance of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs went into the break with a five-point advantage over the Wildcats (20-10, 11-6) and then used a 41-point showing in the second half to create some separation and cruise to the win. Pope knocked down six of his 19 shots on the evening and 10 of his 11 free throws, and the Dawgs manufactured a win despite only hitting 36 percent of their field goals as a unit.
Nemanja Djurisic chipped in 12 points and six boards for Georgia on the evening, while Donte Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds of his own.
Archie Goodwin led the scoring effort for Kentucky, dropping a team-best 20 points to go along with six rebounds. Kyle Wiltjer scored 12 points off the bench on five-of-16 shooting, while Ryan Harrow added 11 points and four rebounds in the losing performance. Willie Cauley-Stein notched a double-double of his own with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not quite enough.
Both schools will be back on the court on Saturday in their regular season finales. Georgia will face off with Alabama, while the Wildcats will face off with SEC regular season champion Florida.