Tshiebwe's 37 points and 24 rebounds lead Kentucky in victory

Tshiebwe’s 37 points and 24 rebounds lead Kentucky in victory

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Oscar Tshiebwe scored his career-high 37 points and grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds in a dominating performance that sent Kentucky to an 85-71 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night.

Tshiebwe had 23 points with 15 rebounds in the second half and the Wildcats (12-6, 3-3 SEC) rallied from an eight-point deficit to follow up their win over then-No. 5 Tennessee on Saturday with a win over the Bulldogs (13-5, 3-2), who entered having won six of their last seven.

Cason Wallace added 17 points, Antonio Reeves had 11 and Jacob Toppin finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Terry Roberts scored 21 points and Kario Oquendo 18 for Georgia.

Tshiebwe scored Kentucky’s first eight points in the second half before CJ Fredrick hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead from a brief lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Kentucky took the lead for good midway through the second half, but didn’t reach double figures until Tshiebwe made a dunk and two free throws for a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Tshiebwe finished 12-of-20 shooting and 13-of-18 from the line with his rebounds roughly even on both the offensive and defensive backboards. Posting his 11th double-double this season, he was the main reason the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 18-2 in second-chance points and were plus-13 on the boards.

After shooting just 33% in the first half trailing 42-34, the Wildcats shot more than 54% in the second half and scored 51 points. It was the opposite situation for Georgia, which shot 56% in the first half and just 36% in the second.

Georgia hosts Vanderbilt and Kentucky is home to Texas A&M in Saturday’s games.

Tshiebwe’s 37 points and 24 rebounds in Kentucky’s win originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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