Saturday , Jan , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Georgia ends Wildcats’ conference winning streak

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Rashad Wright scored 20 points to lead
Georgia to a 65-57 win over fifth-ranked Kentucky in the Southeastern
Conference at Rupp Arena.

Damien Wilkins finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-5,
1-2), who had their two-game losing streak snapped and ended Kentucky’s 21-
game conference winning streak. Levi Stukes added 11 points.

Erik Daniels scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field for the
Wildcats (11-2, 2-1), who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Chuck
Hayes delivered 13 points.

Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith was denied his 300th career victory.

Georgia used an 11-4 run midway through the second half to overturn a 34-33
deficit. Two foul shots by Stukes put the team ahead for good, at 35-34.

Five straight points, capped by a tip-in by Marcus Sikes with 8:11 to play,
opened a 44-38 advantage.

After a layup by Hayes with 6:14 to play brought Kentucky within 46-42, the
Bulldogs responded with four straight foul shots. A pair by Daniels with 3:47
left put them ahead 50-42.

The Wildcats trimmed their deficit to 50-45 on a three-pointer by Kelenna
Azubuike with 3:40 to play.

However, Wright’s three-point play 34 seconds later extended Georgia’s lead to
53-45. The lead grew to 59-49 on a tip-in by Wilkins with 1:28 remaining.

Kentucky got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

Georgia went ahead 8-2 in a basket by Stukes less than four minutes into
the first half.

Four straight points by Daniels opened a 20-9 lead for the Bulldogs with 7:28
remaining in the half. His layup capped their 7-2 run.

But Kentucky ended the first on a 17-8 flurry. Hayes delivered five of the
points, including a three-pointer with 1:03 to go, to get the team within
28-25 at halftime.

Three straight foul shots put the Wildcats ahead 34-33 with 12:43 remaining in
the game.