Originally created 01/07/01

Wildcats hold off Bulldogs



LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tayshaun Prince and Marquis Estill each scored 12 points as Kentucky beat Georgia 67-63 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools Saturday night.

Keith Bogans had 10 points and Jason Parker and J.P. Blevins added eight each for the Wildcats (7-5, 1-0), who won their fourth straight game.

Anthony Evans scored 14 and D.A. Layne had 13 to lead the Bulldogs (7-7, 0-1), who have dropped four of their past five.

The Wildcats led by as many as 15 in the second half, but had to fight off a Georgia comeback in the final minute.

Down 66-63, Layne's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim with less then five seconds to play to give Kentucky its 15th consecutive victory over the Bulldogs.

Both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field and less than 30 percent from behind the 3-point line. Georgia outrebounded Kentucky 42-38, and outscored them in the paint 42-20.

Kentucky led by nine at halftime and opened the second half with a 9-2 run, capped by Gerald Fitch's 3-pointer, to take a 46-31 lead with 17:45 remaining.

Estill scored eight consecutive Kentucky points to put the Wildcats on top 58-46 with 8:26 to play.

Down 61-47, a 10-2 Georgia run pulled the Bulldogs within 63-57 with 2:43 remaining. Back-to-back inside baskets by Adrian Jones and Shon Coleman in the final minute cut Kentucky's lead to 65-63 with 12 seconds to play and set up the dramatic conclusion.

Georgia missed 14 of its first 21 shots, but still led 20-15 early.