GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Georgia Tech 79, Kentucky 62

ATLANTA - Moses Wright scored 21 points and Georgia Tech recovered from a poor start to the season to beat No. 20 Kentucky 79-62, giving the Wildcats their third straight loss.

Freshman Terrence Clarke had 22 points for Kentucky. B.J. Boston, who had 11 points, was the Wildcats' only other scorer in double figures.

Two of the Wildcats' three losses were by double figures. It's enough to rattle the confidence of even a proud Kentucky team.

Georgia Tech (1-2) rebounded with a strong performance following losses to state rivals Georgia State and Mercer. The Yellow Jackets won with defense, with 15 steals leading to an overwhelming 33-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

Georgia Tech outscored the Wildcats 36-20 in the paint.

Led by Wright, a 6-foot-9 junior, the Yellow Jackets took advantage of their edge in experience to beat a young Kentucky team.

Calipari started four freshmen. The Wildcats lost eight of their top nine scorers from last season. Keion Brooks, the only returning scholarship player, has missed the first three games with an injury.

Kentucky (1-3) led 22-20 before Georgia Tech took the lead with a 13-0 run. Wright had a reverse layup and free throw for a three-point play during the run. Wright caught a pass from Michael DeVoe before briefly losing control under the basket before making the reverse shot over his head off the backboard.

Parham and Khalid Moore made 3-pointers in the run that gave the Yellow Jackets their biggest lead of the half at 32-22.

A floater by Isaiah Jackson cut it to 45-42 early in the second half. The Yellow Jackets answered with an 11-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Parham, to push the lead back to double figures.

Kyle Sturdivant had 15 points for Georgia Tech.

Associated Press

December 6, 2020