Georgia controlled the first half of action Sunday night in its SEC opener, but the Bulldogs came up on the short end of a 66-61 decision at Kentucky.
The Bulldogs fall to 9-3 overall, while the 16th-ranked Wildcats improve to 11-2 and 1-0 in the SEC.
Georgia has dropped its past two road games, also losing to Massachusetts on Dec. 16.
2 who mattered
Yante Maten: The Bulldogs’ star had 17 points and 12 rebounds. He made 5-of-15 shots from the floor.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Gilgeous-Alexander led the Wildcats with 21 points off the bench. He hit 12-of-13 shots from the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs led 27-26 at the half and led by as many as 8t a couple of times in the second half. Georgia still led 51-47 with about six minutes led, but the Wildcats finished strong to take control.
Cold night in the SEC opener: Both teams struggled with their shooting. Kentucky shot 31.5 percent from the floor (17 of 54) and made 5 of 16 3-pointers. Georgia was 23 of 57 from the floor (39.7 percent), and the Bulldogs were even worse on 3-pointers, hitting 2 of 21 (9.5 percent).
One big advantage: Kentucky attempted 38 free throws and made 27. Georgia made 13 of 21. Kentucky was called for 23 fouls while Georgia was called for 26.
Georgia hosts Mississippi at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.