Just like the first time these two teams met, it was a hard-fought, knock down, drag ’em out, that ended with Kentucky leaving victoriously.
Georgia ran J.J. Frazier off ball screen after ball screen to score 36 points, but his adversary had the last laugh. De’Aaron Fox struggled with foul trouble and often failed to finish at the rim, but when Kentucky needed him most, Fox delivered.
Trailing by two with 1:12 remaining, De’Aaron Fox kissed one off the glass to tie the game. Frazier responded, but Fox didn’t back down. Fox was sent to the free throw line. His first shot drew iron three times before rolling through the rim. From there, Fox was good to go. Fox hit six free throws in the final minute and scored eight of the Cats’ last 11 points to ice the game.
Fox and Malik Monk led the Cats in scoring with 16 apiece, Derek Willis tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and Bam Adebayo finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds. The full box score: