- Monday, January 17 1972 -
Kentucky - 73 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 15th by AP]
Georgia - 85 (Head Coach: Ken Rosemond) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Georgia 41, Kentucky 39
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Game Writeup - by Tom Crawford, The Red and Black
Bulldogs Blast Rupp's Cats
Hot-shooting Georgia shocked Kentucky here Monday night 5-73 for their biggest win of the season and the biggest win of Coach Ken Rosemond's career.
Georgia held a two-point lead at the half and led all the way down the stretch to win going away.
The victory was due to the play of Tim Bassett, Ronnie Hogue and John Fraley, who combined to shoot Adolph Rupp's Wildcats out of the contest. Bassett and Hogue scored 27 points apiece and Fraley added 22.
With 3:18 left in the game, Georgia held a 73-71 lead. After a misfire by Kentucky's Tom Parker, Hogue drove for a layup to make it 75-71. Another layup by Fraley put Georgia six points ahead, and the Bulldogs controlled the game the rest of the way.
Rosemond made some key lineup shifts and attributed the victory to his strategy. Dick Toth started in place of Gino Gianfrancesco, with Hogue moving to Gianfrancesco's point position.
Rosemond also deployed his team as a center-open offense that opened the lane for Bassett, who drove for several layups.
Thanks to the new offensive formation, Georgia jumped out in front of Kentucky 13-0 and 18-2 before the Wildcats knew what hit them.
Bassett, driving on Jim Andrews, Kentucky's 6-11 center, scored 11 of Georgia's first 25 points.
Hogue, who was guarded by 5-10 Ronnie Lyons, took advantage of the defensive mismatch to score 12 first-half points. Fraley led Bulldog scoring at the half with 14.
Kentucky recovered from the early onslaught and fought back, finally taking the lead at 35-33, but Georgia came right back, moved out in front 41-36 and led 41-39 at the half.
They never trailed again.
Georgia finished the game with an incredible 33 of 50 field goal attempts for 66 per cent.
"We wanted it," an elated Rosemond said after the game. "It couldn't have been any better."
"We tried to isolate people get them in a one-on-one, and it worked," he said. "Dick Toth did a good job blocking (Larry) Stamper out."
Toth finished with eight rebounds, including several key ones in the second half. Bassett led both teams in caroms with 13.
"Ronnie (Hogue) did it in the clutch," said Rosemond, referring to the high-scoring guard's late-game shooting. Hogue hit 11 of 14 from the field.
"I thought we had it, and I thought a last-minute mistake would decide the game." said Rupp, the nation's winningest coach in history and recipient of a standing ovation before the game.
"We made mistakes when we were warned not to make them," he added. "We dug a well so deep we couldn't get out."
It was Georgia's first win over Kentucky since 1967 and only the second in modern times.
The win was Georgia's first in four games and gave them a 6-5 record, 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
Georgia's Tim Bassett drives to the hoop as Stan Key (#30) and Tom Parker (#55) watch