Kentucky still perfect, rallying from 9 down to beat Georgia

Karl Towns - photo by Walter Cornett
Karl Towns – photo by Walter Cornett

No. 1 overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact, beating 72-64 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 Southeastern Conference) had won their previous five games by an average of 24 points.

They were really challenged in this one by Georgia (19-10, 10-7), which had the sellout crowd roaring when Yante Maten tipped in a miss of his own shot to put the Bulldogs up 56-47 with 9 minutes remaining.

But showed it knows how to win the close games, too. The Wildcats began pounding the ball inside to 6-foot-11 freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who managed to stay in the game until the closing seconds after picking up his fourth foul.

seized the game with a 14-0 run, and hurt its chances by missing three straight 1-and-1.

Towns led the Wildcats with 19 points.