Kentucky's 1-2 punch beats Georgia
LEXINGTON, KY. - Andrew Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 38 points and scored key baskets down the stretch to help top-ranked Kentucky survive pesky Georgia 69-58 on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats needed both starters to fend off the determined Bulldogs.
Harrison's layup with 3:58 left provided a 62-54 lead that proved critical as Yante Maten and Nemanja Djurisic scored baskets to get Georgia within 63-58 with 2:06 left.
Towns' short jumper with 1:33 left got the lead to seven, and Tyler Ulis and Harrison each added two free throws in the final minute to keep the Wildcats (22-0, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) unbeaten.
Harrison scored a season-high 23 points and Towns had 15 points with 13 rebounds.
"I've been putting a lot of work in with my dad and the assistant coaches," Harrison said. "It's a blessing to play well."
Djurisic's 17 points led Georgia (14-7, 5-4), which outrebounded Kentucky 36-24.
"If we make another shot or two late, it could have been interesting," Georgia coach Mark Fox said.
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