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Kentucky Upstages Anthony Edwards in 78-69 Victory at Georgia

Dale Zanine | USA TODAY Sports

Dale Zanine | USA TODAY Sports

The stage was set at Stegemen Coliseum for Anthony Edwards to showcase his skills to the nation in primetime on ESPN. John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats had different plans.

A sensational second half paved the way for a Kentucky victory in their first road game of the season. The Cats defeated the Dogs 78-69, limiting Edwards to 23 points on 17 field goal attempts.

Kentucky got into an early hole when Nick Richards was forced to the bench with two fouls eight minutes into the game. Combine that with some road jitters and a few forced early shots from Hagans and UK was against the ropes, trailing by six at halftime.

That all changed in the second half. The Cats survived a hot streak from Edwards, then made their move. A 10-0 Kentucky run put the game back in the Wildcats’ hands, leading 63-57 lead with 7:00 to play. A big Immanuel Quickley three-pointer before the final media timeout gave UK some much-needed breathing room while they struggled from the free throw line.

Jay Bilas opened the broadcast by commending UK’s ability to score from the free throw line. Kentucky made only 10-of-20 shots from the charity stripe. Classic announcer curse.

Georgia tried to make a late run for the win. Kentucky got a couple of big buckets from Nate Sestina and Nick Richards to keep the Dogs at arm’s length and leave Athens with a win.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 Comments for Kentucky Upstages Anthony Edwards in 78-69 Victory at Georgia



  1. Bluebloodtoo
    11:13 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Is it just me, or does Tom Creen look a little like a mad scientist?



  2. Curtis Lowe
    11:13 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Big Nick energy!



  3. dhard
    11:13 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    What a huge win. Would have won by 20 if they had shot free throws as they normally do.



  4. Rise
    11:13 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Huge win. I like the way we are playing right now. Sharing the ball well



  5. omegagavin
    11:16 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, we limited Edwards to 5 more points than his season average. Weird flex.



    • UKCatAttack
      11:21 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Only one other player for UGA had double figures. I feel like we played our game plan on defense.



    • 4everUKBlue
      11:38 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      He had 37 against MSU and they lost, so he’s capable for going off on us if not for some good defense.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:20 am January 8, 2020 Permalink

      You must be new to this, omegagavin. A road win is a road win in the SEC. UGA brought their best game, and it wasn’t enough.



  6. ColoradoCatFan88
    11:17 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Great win in a hostile environment. With that being said, we are extremely top heavy. We have 4 players who carry us. At some point we’re gonna need Whitney, Brooks, and Montgomery to contribute or we’re a Sweet 16 team at best.



    • CrystalBall
      11:19 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Whitney and Brooks will come through before tourney time. EJ could play here 10 years and never wake up.



  7. UKCatAttack
    11:18 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    I like this win a lot! Anytime you can grind out a tough win on the road in the SEC when faced with some adversity is a great win! Good game Cats!



  8. dhard
    11:20 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Tyrese Maxey never stops on offense or on defense.



  9. CrystalBall
    11:24 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Cats shoot 50% field goals, 50% 3 pointers, 50% free throws. That’s 150%.



  10. CJKAssassin123
    11:25 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    This team is growing up in front of our eyes I think we are going to be just fine and a dangerous in March.



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:25 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t know how count continues to do this year and you’re out it’s just short of amazing!!!



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:26 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Cal not count sorry for the bad grammar



  11. Youngcat25
    11:33 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Am I reading that the box score right? Maxey had 4 blocks??



  12. kyking1
    12:18 am January 8, 2020 Permalink

    Great W. After watching the game and looking and the box score, how does IQ have a -11, yet played so well. Math is hard