Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Georgia at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 31, 2017 Attendance: 23,814
Final Score: #8/6 Kentucky 90, Georgia 81 F/OT
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 18-4 overall while Georgia dropped to 13-9.
Kentucky is now 8-1 in the Southeastern Conference, and remains tied in first place with South Carolina.
Georgia dropped to 4-5 in the SEC.
Kentucky now leads the series 123-26, including 60-5 in Lexington.
The Wildcats have won seven in a row against the Bulldogs.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will play at No. 24/23 Florida on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET in the ESPN Primetime Game of the Week. College GameDay will also be in Gainesville at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN marking the second week in a row UK has played at the GameDay site.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis, Malik Monk, Isaac Humphries and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season. UK is 11-4 with this lineup.
De’Aaron Fox missed his first game of the season due to illness.
Isaac Humpries’ made his first start of the season.
Three players missed the game with an illness, Fox, Sacha Killyea-Jones and Mychal Mulder.
Georgia scored the first 12 points of the game in just 3:11 to take the early lead.
Wenyen Gabriel scored UK’s first basket with 16:31 remaining in the first half.
It was Gabriel’s fifth time this season scoring UK’s first basket of the game.
Kentucky tied the game at 29-29 with 48.3 seconds left to go in the first half at that scoreline.
The 29 points were the lowest offensive output by Kentucky this season in any half.
UK’s previous low was 30 at Louisville on Dec. 21, 2016.
Kentucky finished the half on a 13-3 run over the final 5:25 of the half.
UK had a 13-0 edge in second-chance points stemming from a 22-15 edge on the glass, including 11-3 in offensive rebounds.
Briscoe and Gabriel led Kentucky in scoring with seven points each.
Georgia’s largest lead of the half was 14 points, when it led 19-5 with 14:07 to go in the period.
In the Second Half
UK took its first lead of the game at 33-31 on an Isaiah Briscoe lay-up in transition with 18:16 to go.
Kentucky made five out of six field-goal attempts, including four Monk 3s, forcing UGA into its first timeout of the half with UK leading 50-44.
Monk and Briscoe scored 35 of UK’s first 39 points in the second half.
Georgia came back to tie the game at 70-70 with 3:47 to go in the game after being down as much as eight, and force UK into a timeout.
After a missed free throw by UGA, Malik Monk scored the game-tying jump shot from the left wing with eight seconds to go in the game and send it into overtime.
UK scored the first five points of the period, including Malik Monk’s sixth 3-pointer of the game.
After four-straight UGA points to make it 82-81, the Wildcats went on a 5-0 run thanks to a Malik Monk 3 and Adebayo’s alley-oop dunk to force UGA into a timeout leading 87-81 with 1:42 remaining.
Kentucky held UGA scoreless for the final 3:10 of the overtime session – an 8-0 run to finish.
UK outscored UGA 14-5 in the period.
Kentucky snapped a two-game losing streak.
UK has never lost three games in a row under John Calipari.
Calipari has a 680-191 (.781) on-court record, including a 235-51 (.822) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 557-66 (.894) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 130-6 (.956) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
The last time UK trailed by at least 14 and came back and won was when it beat Miami (Ohio) 72-70 on Nov. 16, 2009. Kentucky trailed by 18 in the first half of that game.
That was the second game of the Calipari era.
This was UK’s first overtime game since the 2016 SEC Tournament Championship vs. Texas A&M in Nashville.
This was Kentucky’s first SEC regular-season game go overtime since Feb. 20, 2016 –
a 79-77 loss at Texas A&M.
This was the first time a UK SEC regular-season game in Rupp Arena reached overtime since Jan. 6, 2015 – an 89-86 win over Ole Miss.
Freshman Malik Monk scored 37 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game (22) this season. He notched his fifth game with at least five made 3-pointers this season. His 35 points tied for the second-most ever by a freshman, and tied for the second most in the Cal era. His 47-point game vs. North Carolina in December was the only better output. He scored 20 or more points for the 13th time this season. He has scored 25 or more points in seven games this year – a single-season record in the Calipari era. He tallied his third game with 30 or more points this season, tying Jamal Murray for the most by a freshman in school history. He scored eight of Kentucky’s 14 points in the overtime session, including two 3s. He made 10 of his 12 free throws, career highs for most makes and attempts from the line.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, coming up just two assists shy of his second triple-double of the season. He recorded his third double-double of the season, and fifth of his career. He notched a double-double in two of the last three games overall, and two-straight in SEC play. He made 11 of 15 free throws, setting his career high for made free throws.His previous high was seven made free throws vs. Arkansas in January. He played a career-high 45 minutes. Briscoe has grabbed 33 rebounds over the last three games.
Freshman Bam Adebayo scored 12 points, as the third-leading scorer for UK in the game. He played the last 17:33 minutes of the game with four fouls to his name.He grabbed five rebounds.
Sophomore Isaac Humphries scored four points in his first start of the 2016-17 season.
He grabbed seven rebounds, two off his season high of nine.
Tuesday marked ESPN play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger’s final game working for the network. He was honored on the court with a framed jersey. The jersey had No. 50 denoting the number of years Musburger has worked in broadcasting. Musburger served as the “Y” in the Kentucky spell-out as well.