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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Kentucky closes half with a flurry

By Chris Low

ATHENS, Ga. -- We're used to seeing Kentucky go on knockout-sized runs, and usually it's freshman point guard John Wall leading the way.

But the Wildcats surged into halftime Wednesday with a 40-36 lead over Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum thanks in large part to a guy who couldn't throw one in the Pacific Ocean coming into the game.

Sophomore Darnell Dodson tossed in a pair of 3-pointers just when it looked like Georgia might go on a run of its own, and Kentucky turned a six-point deficit into a four-point lead at the half.

Dodson was 0-of-11 from the field in his four previous outings. He'd made just 2 of his past 21 3-point attempts before heating up against the Bulldogs.

Dodson's eight first-half points helped make up for freshman big man DeMarcus Cousins being on the bench for most of the first 30 minutes with foul trouble. Cousins played just eight minutes and was scoreless after picking up two early fouls.

Georgia is one of the few teams in the SEC that has the inside muscle to match up with Kentucky in the paint. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Wildcats 21-17 in the first half.

But when the Wildcats wanted to speed up the game, they turned to Wall, who had several baseline-t0-baseline streaks on his way to 10 first-half points and three assists.