LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Georgia coach Dennis Felton's first Southeastern Conference victory was a memorable one.
Rashad Wright scored 20 points as the Bulldogs posted a rare win in Lexington with a 65-57 upset of No. 5 Kentucky, ending the Wildcats' 19-game SEC regular-season winning streak.
Georgia (9-5, 1-2 SEC East) dropped its first two conference games, losing by a combined 45 points to Tennessee and South Carolina. Felton, hired in the wake of the Jim Harrick scandal after a successful stint at Western Kentucky, responded by giving his fatigued team three days off in preparation for the trip to Kentucky.
The Bulldogs appeared loose and fresh throughout, establishing an early 11-point lead and leading most of the way. Freshman Levi Stukes' two foul shots gave Georgia the lead for good at 35-34 with 11:33 to go.
"Our team played very hard and with great conviction," Felton said. "We did a good job of being persistent in running our offense. I felt like we were able to keep control of the game on both sides."
Georgia won for just the fourth time in 54 trips to Lexington against Kentucky (11-2, 2-1). The Wildcats had won 10 of the previous 12 meetings overall.
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, a former Georgia coach, was denied in his first chance at career victory No. 300.
"I have to compliment Georgia on their game play," Smith said. "They came out and played very aggressive with lots of intensity. I don't think that we really responded to their level of aggressiveness."
Stukes netted 11 points and Damien Wilkins added 11 and 13 rebounds for Georgia, which survived 39 percent (16-of-41) shooting. The Bulldogs compensated with 77 percent (27-of-35) foul shooting.
Wright, who was 4-of-5 from the arc, had the game's biggest shot with a 3-pointer for a 42-38 lead with just under nine minutes left. Freshman Marcus Sikes followed with a tip-in for a six-point cushion.
"Coach Felton just told us to play hard," Wright said. "We lost our first two SEC games and coach said we needed to have more intensity and not let up during the game."
Erik Daniels led Kentucky with 15 points, but the Wildcats' inside game was bottled up by Wilkins, Chris Daniels and Jonas Hayes. The Bulldogs held a commanding 36-23 edge on the glass.
"We held them to 36 percent shooting and outrebounded them by 13," Felton said. "We were able to be just a little better than them in those two critical areas."
Gerald Fitch, a Georgia native and Kentucky's leading scorer, managed only 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting. The Wildcats were 4-of-19 from the arc.
Kentucky's last SEC regular-season loss was an 86-73 loss to Vanderbilt on February 27, 2002.