'Dogs get first conference win

Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 10:51 p.m.
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Georgia's Kevin Brophy drives to the basket past Vanderbilt's DeMarre Carroll during the second half of Georgia's 68-59 win in Athens, Ga., on Saturday.

The Associated Press
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Kevin Brophy had heard all the talk, but the freshman walk-on silenced it with a career-high 19 points, leading Georgia to a 69-58 victory over Vanderbilt, its first Southeastern Conference victory of the year.
"This is a big relief," said Brophy, "because we had people saying we weren't going to win a game in the SEC. We know we can compete."
Brophy was forced into the starting lineup when Georgia's leading scorer, Levi Stukes, sprained an ankle in practice Thursday. Stukes was averaging 16.3 points a game.
"This is a very prideful win for us, and particularly accomplishing it without Levi," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said.
Vanderbilt hit just two of 16 3-point attempts, far below its SEC-leading averages of 10.6 made per game at 43 percent.
"I give all the credit to our defense," Felton said, "that they only got off 16 shots. And four of those were desperation heaves near the end of the game. They want to take 30 to 35 shots a game. They were making 14 a game in the SEC."
"We are very disappointed with the way we played today," said Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt's coach. "We have to do a better job of preparing to play. We just need to go back to basics. We are not a very good team right now. It is my responsibility to get this team ready to play, and I have to do something about it."
  • NO. 8 KENTUCKY 89, LSU 58: Kentucky's shooters seem to be finding their rhythm against SEC opponents.
    Patrick Sparks went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 15 points to help the Wildcats beat the Tigers. Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points for Kentucky, which made a season-high 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts.
    Kentucky shot 54.2 percent from the field, the third time in four games the Wildcats - who rank 10th in the SEC in that category - have exceeded 50 percent.
    "If you make (your shots), everything else looks better," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "I thought we came out and played one of our better games. We were focused and ready. We had good balance in our attack and everybody that played contributed in some form or fashion."
  • NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 85, TENNESSEE 62: Locked in another tight game with Tennessee, Louisville turned to its star.
    And Francisco Garcia delivered, scoring 20 points and keying a 24-2 second-half spurt.
    "I'm always confident," said Garcia. "I said, 'I need to step up and be the leader.' My teammates were looking for me."
    Garcia had seven points, two rebounds and two assists during the 9-minute run, which started with Louisville down 53-50.
    Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead five Mississippi State scorers in double figures as the Bulldogs beat South Carolina.
    Marcus Campbell, Jamall Edmondson and Shane Power each had 11 points for Mississippi State in the closest of its 10 straight home victories.
    Roberts was resting on the bench for most of a 16-5 run that pushed Mississippi State's lead into double figures for the first time, 60-50 with 7:11 remaining. South Carolina couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
  • NO. 22 ALABAMA 66, MISSISSIPPI 58: Alabama coach Mark Gottfried had never won at Mississippi - until now.
    Kennedy Winston scored 26 points and Jermareo Davidson had 13 rebounds to lift the Crimson Tide over the Rebels.
    Alabama snapped a seven-game losing streak at Ole Miss. The Tide's last win in Oxford came in the 1996-97 season.
  • ARKANSAS 95, AUBURN 59 The Razorbacks made sure they would avoid overtime, dominating the visiting Tigers on both ends of the court and erasing the memory of a controversial loss at LSU three days earlier.
    Ronnie Brewer scored 23 points and Olu Famutimi scored 12 of his 14 points during a 30-9 run as Arkansas beat Auburn.
    "We were hurt. It really hurt our hearts" when Arkansas lost to LSU 66-63 in overtime Wednesday after officials gave the Razorbacks 2 points for a shot they believed was a 3, coach Stan Heath said.
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