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Smothering UK defense (or ice-cold UGA offense) propels Wildcats to blowout win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some smothering University of Kentucky defense - or lackluster Georgia offense - propelled the No. 22 Wildcats into second place in the SEC standings Tuesday night.

UK dominated Georgia from the opening tip, running away to a 82-48 win over the Bulldogs.

The offensive stats look gaudy, but it was UK's defense that really enabled the margin of victory.

The Wildcats didn't make a field goal for a six-minute stretch in the middle of the first half, but in the end of that run, they had only lost five points to the Bulldogs.

In the last six minutes of the first half, UK scored 18 points, building a comfortable 42-24 lead in the process.

But the biggest drought of the game came from Georgia, and it was a big one.

Starting at the 13:37 mark of the first half, the Bulldogs went more than 18 minutes of game time without making a field goal. They missed 22 shots in a row.

In real time, that was 58 minutes when you count the halftime break.

By the time they finally hit one, UK had built a 28-point lead.

Over the full 40 minutes, Georgia shot just 22 percent from the field.

Freshman guard Jamaal Murray continued the hot shooting streak he started Saturday against Florida, pacing UK with 24 points.

He now has 59 points on 14-20 from the 3-point line in the team's last two games.

Senior forward Alex Poythress missed his second-straight game Tuesday with a knee issue. Head coach John Calipari said after the game he could be out two weeks.

Kentucky has three days off before traveling to South Carolina to play the Gamecocks at Noon on Saturday.

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