No. 16 Kentucky returned to victory on Saturday night by beating the Georgia Bulldogs 92-77 inside the Rupp Arena.
The victory improves the cats record to 12-3 (2-1 SECOND) in the regular season, while dropping the Bulldogs at 5-10 (0-2 SEC.)
Four Wildcats finished in doubles–striking numbers, led by a monstrous effort of 29 Oscar points Tshiebwe. The big man logged in on 13 of the 21 hits while having an argument in 17 rebounds in 38 minutes.
For UK head coach John Calipari, he does not to want Tshiebwe to let himself be carried away by the pomp and glamor of what could be, he wants his center to focus on the present.
âWhat I told him today during the shootout was ‘don’t worry in two months,’ Calipari said.
Through 15 games, Tshiebwe is average 15.2 points and 15.1 rebounds per game.
Despite the dominant performance of Tshiebwe the Saturday, the story of the night belonged to TyTy Washington Jr.
With starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler due to a neck injury, Washington stepped into the point guard and didn’t miss a beat.
In just under 37 minutes, Washington do UK the story, recording 17 assiste, break John Wall’s one-game record.
To go with his new record, Washington scored 17 points while collecting five rebounds and two steals.
“TyTy very well done. We can do just like we have made with Jamal [Murray], just like we have done with Brandon Knight, and just like we did with Tyrese Maxey. He can be away from the ball and we can still do things with him so he can play basketball, but he was good today, âCalipari said.
Davion Mintz provided stellar bench minutes, scoring 19 points while making five 3-point attempts.
Keion Brooks’ 12 points in the second half helped the junior forward to finish with 14 of 6-8 on shots. The Wildcats shot 57 percent from field and 40 percent from deep as a team.
Georgia was punctuated by 22 sophomore points Kario Oquendo, who lost 15 points in the second half to attempt to keep the final deficit close.
Gonzaga playmaker and transfer Aaron Cook finished with 17 points and five assists for the Bulldogs. Despite shooting 49% as a team, UGA could not follow the cats on the stretch.
This was not a quick start for UK, yet. The Cats started the game shooting 1-6, while UGA’s Cook hit his first three shots of the night to help the Dawgs quickly take the lead.
Georgia’s efforts and turmoil surpassed Kentucky at the start, allowing them to keep him close throughout the first half.
A steal and dunk from Kellan Grady gave the UK a 13-12 lead with 13 minutes left in the half, energizing Rupp Arena.
Saturday was once again a slow start for Grady, however. Davidson’s transfer started just 1-5 off the pitch, a theme similar to his performance against LSU on January 4.
Five Bulldog turnovers in the opening 10 minutes prevented Georgia from building a significant first-half lead, because UGA was effective at depth, shedding four 3-pointers on nine attempts in 20 minutes.
The two teams came and went, exchanging buckets, with UK slightly ahead thanks to four consecutive brands.
With just over four minutes to go into halftime, a controversial clear call on a Jacob Toppin layup attempt led to a bucket of exit by UGA’s Noah Baumann, regaining the lead for the Bulldogs, causing boos from Big Blue Nation.
Grady would respond, hitting his first and only tree of the night. Tshiebwe rocked in a midrange jumper from the free throw line, and Brooks also connect, giving the UK a 40-37 lead at the break.
Georgia got a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line at halftime while shooting 52 percent as a team. The cats matched with 51.4 percent getting half of theirs.
The second half saw the tides start to turn, as it was now the UK jostle bulldogs.
Kentucky opened the half with 8 of their first 10 shots, increasing their lead to eight.
UGA’s offense started to slow down, leading to more transition buckets for the Wildcats. As the appearance got easier, the effectiveness of the UKcy has only increased.
A hard blow from Tshiebwe would push Kentucky’s lead to 12 with 12 minutes remaining.
Georgia attempted to strike back, but Kentucky wouldn’t slow down. Two more 3-pointers from Mintz accompanied by assist after Washington’s assist meant the Cats were leading 20 with five minutes left.
Oquendo would put Georgia on the back, scoring nine pointss in a row down the home stretch, but the Bulldog defense had stuttered, unable to resist the powerful Wildcat attack.
With less than with one minute remaining, Washington was two assists away from making his name in British history.
The last two possessions for the United Kingdom saw the first-year student The leader’s zip goes through the paint at Brooks and Tshiebwe, bothom to ended to the edge easily, offering Washington an illustrious achievement that goes probably hold his land for the time to come.
With the record in sight, Calipari was unaware that history was being made.
âI didn’t know,â Calipari said of the record. “Yes it is points, I would like probably someone out. But if you’re talking about assist and rebounds, I not mind leave a guy, but the game will dictate. “
Kentucky’s offensive surge led to a final score of 92-77, to supply the necessary rebound after a tough loss at Baton Rouge.
âI like where this group is,â Calipari said. âWe lost a few games that I thought I lost. We had our chances. But even for me as a coach we duty move on to the next game.
Next up for the Wildcats is a quick trip to Nashville to face the 9-5 (1-1 SEC) Commodores Vanderbilt.
Whether the Cats will reunite with their star point guard in the mix remains to be seen.
“Yes [Wheeler] practices Monday, he will be available for the game on Tuesday, âCalipari said.
The game against the ‘Dores is scheduled for Tuesday 11 January and will start at 7 p.m. HEY.