Final: Kentucky 80, Georgia 68

ATHENS, Ga. – There might have been a hangover for a while, but it didn’t last long.

Still smarting from its loss at Tennessee last weekend, No. 3-ranked Kentucky toyed with Georgia for much of the first half Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

But when the second half began, the Wildcats were a Big Blue blur on their way to a 12-0 run that took the crowd out of the game and sent John Calipari’s club to an 80-68 victory.

Kentucky (28-2, 13-2) clinched at least a share of its 44th SEC championship and also locked up the Eastern Division’s No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC tournament.

After leading 40-36 at the half, Kentucky turned on the jets and raced out to a 52-36 lead. It was all the Bulldogs (13-15, 5-10) could do during that stretch to get off a pass, let alone a shot.

The bench came up big for Kentucky after producing just five points in the 74-65 loss to Tennessee. Darnell Dodson led the way with 11 points and was 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Freshman point guard John Wall was more than the Bulldogs could handle. He finished with 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting and also had six assists and three steals in 37 minutes.