Cats drop heartbreaker to Bulldogs in Athens

Georgia scores go-ahead bucket with 1.3 second left in the game vs. Kentucky


ATHENS, Ga. (UK Athletics) – Andrew Garcia scored 16 points, P.J. Horne a made a go-ahead layup with 1.3 seconds left, and Georgia snapped a 14-game losing streak against Kentucky with a 63-62 victory on Wednesday night.

After a timeout with 3.6 seconds left, Horne got past his defender for an inbounds pass in the lane, bobbled it and curled in a layup. A heave by Keion Brooks Jr. did not hit the rim as time expired.

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It was Georgia’s first win in the series since March 7, 2013 when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 72-62 victory.

K.D. Johnson and Sahvir Wheeler added 10 points points each for Georgia (9-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference). Horne finished with eight points, and his game winner gave the Bulldogs their first lead since 49-47, coming with about 10 minutes left. Wheeler had seven of the Bulldogs’ 12 assists.

Brandon Boston Jr. scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half for Kentucky (4-9, 3-3). Brooks and Isaiah Jackson had 12 points apiece.

Georgia, which has one of the nation’s most balanced offensives with seven players averaging 9.5 points, had seven players score at least six against Kentucky.

The Wildcats entered averaging 15.2 turnovers and committed 17 while shooting just 1 of 13 from long range against the Bulldogs. Their 14-game winning streak against Georgia in SEC play was second to its 15-game win streak against Mississippi State.

Kentucky, which has lost three straight games, hosts LSU on Saturday. Georgia hosts Florida on Saturday.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas