Wildcats top Dogs to run mark to 16-0
Sunday, January 10, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- This time, DeMarcus Cousins threw his headband -- not his elbows -- when he got angry.

Good thing. No. 3 Kentucky needed its freshman center -- and his elbows -- to hold off Georgia.

Cousins scored seven of his 16 points in the final 3 minutes as the Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a gritty 76-68 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

It was redemption of sorts for Cousins, who spent the past week fending off angry Facebook messages from Louisville fans after throwing an elbow at Louisville forward Jared Swopshire early in Kentucky's 71-62 win over the Cardinals.

Cousins received a technical foul on the play. He shrugged off the criticism but allowed he has to do better job keeping his volatile emotions in check.

He did against Georgia, staying under control despite spending most of his 25 minutes on the floor wrestling underneath the basket with the handful of Bulldogs charged with stopping him.

"I'm pretty cut up," Cousins said.

Welcome to life in the Southeastern Conference.

At one point the Bulldogs knocked off Cousins' trademark white headband while he drove to the basket. Cousins picked it up and threw it to the sideline, but kept his cool.

"I just told him to play through that," said Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Patrick Patterson and John Wall each had 17 points for the Wildcats, who moved to 16-0.

It wasn't easy. There were 12 lead changes and nine ties as Georgia hung around despite turning it over 26 times.

The Bulldogs (8-6, 0-1 SEC) nearly pulled off their second consecutive upset behind a season-high 20 points from Travis Leslie and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Trey Thompkins.

Georgia knocked off No. 20 Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

Kentucky wore the Bulldogs down over the final 6 minutes, limiting them to six points and forcing six turnovers.

"We turned it over too much on the road," said Georgia coach Mark Fox. "We had 13 both halves and that's too many when you're on the road. We just weren't complete on all parts of the game."

From the Sunday, January 10, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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