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Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2005 3:24 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Kentucky 76, Georgia 55

ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Patrick Sparks continued his fine performance away from Rupp Arena and Chuck Hayes had another fine outing in reaching a career milestone.

Sparks had 15 points and five assists and Hayes added 13 and 11 rebounds as No. 10 Kentucky blitzed Georgia, 77-56, in a Southeastern Conference matchup.

Sparks, a junior transfer from Western Kentucky, knocked down 3-of-5 from the arc and is shooting 47 percent (15-of-32) from the 3-point line away from Rupp Arena this season. The 6-0 point guard is shooting just 29 percent (15-of-52) at home, including a 4-of-24 performance during a four-game stretch on a recent homestand.

With 13 points and 1,006 for his career, Hayes became the 52nd Kentucky player to reach the milestone. The senior forward also won for the 77th time in 91 games for Kentucky, an 84.6 winning percentage that is the best among all active players.

The Wildcats shot 56 percent (30-of-54) from the floor, got a lot of dunks and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 44-18.

Freshman Jamel Bradley scored a season-high 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench for Kentucky (12-2, 3-0 SEC East), which leads the all-time series, 103-21, including 34-14 in Athens.

Levi Stukes scored 18 points for Georgia (6-8, 0-4), which has lost five straight.

Tubby Smith, who coached Georgia for two years from 1995-97, improved to 12-4 against his former school.


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