Going to Kentucky and trying to win is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. Trying to do so without one of your best players is another thing entirely. Georgia fell to the Wildcats Saturday afternoon 79-54 without Kenny Gaines who sat out due to a leg injury.
Georgia got off to a good start going toe-to-toe with Kentucky for the first seven minutes of the game. The Wildcats then went on a 17-2 run that put them up 25-12 with 5:07 remaining in the first half. Georgia's offense finally got on track and they closed the half trailing 34-22.
The Bulldogs started the second half strong and cut the Wildcats' lead to just six points at 37-31 with 16 minutes remaining. Kentucky quickly regained control of the game thanks to a number of Georgia turnovers and pushed the lead back into double figures.
The Bulldogs did another good job of attacking the glass and that was the only reason that the game didn't get out of hand earlier. Pace is important to a team like Georgia that has to grind things and their turnovers helped get Kentucky in transition which was about the worst case scenario for the Bulldogs.
Brandon Morris led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Marcus Thornton added 10 points and nine rebounds but was just 2-10 from the field. Charles Mann struggled throughout the game going 0-8 from the field and 6-13 from the free throw line. He and Morris combined for 10 of Georgia's 20 turnovers. The Bulldogs also played without freshman Juwan Parker who missed the game with a hamstring injury.
Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 15 points while Julius Randle added 14 points and nine rebounds. James Young finished with 13 while Alex Poythress chipped in 11 off the bench.
Georgia will be back at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday with a match up against Vanderbilt.