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'Dogs turn tables with 84-72 win
Turnovers, poor effort on boards negate excellent shooting for UK, allow Georgia to knock 'Cats out of chance for 1st
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For much of the current baskeball season, Hugh Durham's Georgia Bulldogs have been somewhat of a disappointment, but just as poorly as the 'Dogs played at Rupp Arena a month ago. they played as brilliantly Sunday afternoon in Athens.
The result was just as awesome in the reverse direction.
With Alex Kessler pouring home 22 points and collecting a game-high 13 rebounds, the 'Dogs pounded Kentucky long and hard and walked away with a convincing 84-72 victory although UK delivered a late scare.
Kentucky, which had hoped to grab a share of the lead in the wild-and-wooly Southeastern Conference, dropped two games off the pace and now must hope for an upset in Nashville on Wednesday or risk being put in a situation of having to pull several major upsets on the road.
Georgia turned the trick at home before a crowd of 9,812 with a national television audience tuned in to ABC Sports.
Kentucky's gameplan. as has been most of the season, was to control the tempo of the game, rebound and to hit a high percentage of its shots.
The Wildcats were successful on one of the three counts, hitting 53.6 percent to Georgia's
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Team                                               W-L Pet.
LSU..............................................................7-3 .700
Alabama.......................................................7-4 .636
Tennessee....................................................6-4 .600
Vanderbilt....................................................6-4 .600
Florida.........................................................6-4 .600
Kentucky......................................................6-4 .600
Ole Miss......................................................5-5 .500
Georgia........................................................5-6 .455
Mississippi State...........................................3-7 .300
Auburn.......................................................0-10 .000
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45.6 percent, but the 'Cats had twice as many turnovers as the homestanding 'Dogs (18 to nine) and got outrebounded 35-28. Turnovers, plus 26 of 31 free throw shooting provided the difference for the 'Dogs which improved their record to 13-8 overall and 5-6 in the SEC.
Kentucky, in losing, fell to 11-11 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. Had UK won. it would have moved into a tie for first place.
To Eddie Sutton, it was just a matter of a very good club playing a very fine game.
"We just thought Georgia played a whale of a game." said Sutton following the con
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Sutton pinned the loss on lack of rebounding, saying that the 35-28 deficit was actually worse than the statistics indicated.
"If you're going to pinpoint one area for the loss, just look at the rebound totals, it seemed a lot worse."
Kentucky was beaten 19-11 on the offensive end.
In the end. it was the free throw line which killed the 'Cats. Georgia marched often and was as accurate as Daniel Boone himself with Kessler hitting 14 of 17 from the charity line.
Once Georgia got out to its double-digit lead, the 'Dogs fell into a comfortable groove, never threatened until the game's final minutes when UK sliced the score to 76-70 but could get no closer.
For Georgia boss Durham, it was a sweet victory, one which included a little revenge but more importantly took a notch out of the distance between Georgia and Kentucky in the league race.
"Our players will really enjoy this one." said Durham. "Kentucky is the program by which all other schools in the SEC measure themselves. Although they have lost some players, any time you beat coach Sutton and his team, it's a great accomplishment for the players. That and it's a big win in the conference."
While the 'Cats were battling the 'Dogs, the UK Board of Trustees and the UK Athletics Board were meeting with UK president David Roselie and listening to the university's official response to 18 NCAA allegations.
Did those briefings affect UK's game preparation?
"I'm sure that didn't help our preparation very much," Sutton told a Louisville Courier-Journal reporter. "I'm not looking for alibis, but that would have an adverse effect on any basketball team."
Kessler was joined in double-figure scoring by Patrick Hamilton with 16, Green with 15 and Cole with 10. UK was paced by forward Chris Mills who scored 19 while .Derrick Miller chipped in with 16 and LeRon Ellis with 13. %6raaw //, gfcg? @ke. Gate' &ase__-/}lraarf/ //. AA}V
Ellis-led 'Cats down 'Dogs 73-61
After watching a few horror flicksgame films of previous UK lossesthe 6-10 center played a starring role in win
By TCP staff writer Jim Easterwood
LEXINGTON  Kentucky center LeRon Ellis oozes with basketball ability.
Unfortunately, the laid-back lad from Los Angeles also seems to snooze at times on the court.
And when you snooze, you lose. At least Kentucky has been when LeRon has failed to set his alarm.
Take Saturday, Jan. 28, when Ellis scored a season-low four points as Kentucky lost to Mississippi.
Last Wednesday night, the "other" Ellis showed up and woke up before some of his severest criticsthe Rupp Arena crowd.
Result: Ellis scores a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds as the 'Cats win 73-61 over Mississippi State.
But scoring and rebounding were just two spokes in Ellis' wheel of fortune last Wednesday. The sophomore also had five assists, no turnovers and played some solid defense.
Ellis said he was just concentrating better. But teammate Chris Mills said his teammate may have been up late watching movies.
No, it wasn't Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grailhis favorite. These, in fact, were horror movies.
Like Kentucky vs. Indiana. Or Kentucky vs. Louisville. Or, the latest, Kentucky vs. Mississippi. In each Ellis played the ghost. You couldn't find him. Mills said the study of the horror flicks showed one thingLeRon was better square than he was leaning sideways.
"We noticed that in every game he didn't play well he would get the ball and turn the opposite way," said Mills.
"From the strong side he would shoot a leaning shot instead of squaring up to the bucket and exploding for the shot. He would be off-balance."
Ellis took the movies to heart. He also became more of an active participant on the floor. Against the 'Dogs, he seemed to be in the flow of the game from the start. He would kick the ball back several times before positioning himself for the pass.
Ellis scored six of Kentucky's first 14 points, including a slam off an alley-oop pass from Mills. This put the 'Cats on top 14-8 at the 12:47 mark.
"He let the offense come to him tonight," said Mills. "When he does that he plays real well."
Richard Williams, the Mississippi State coach, was certainly aware that he caught the Tustin, Calif, native on one of his on nights.
If Ellis hadn't showed up the Bulldogs might have been able to break a horrible string of losses (22 straight) in Lexington.
"Maybe we can win one up here before I die," said Williams. Poor Richard.
The Bulldogs' taskmaster had better not count on it if Ellis and the 'Cats play like they did Wednesday night. Mississippi State played well. But Ellis and Company were exceptional.
Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton said he felt Ellis could have a big night against the 'Dogsif...
If he came to play.
"I told him it makes no difference if you go out and make mistakes," said Sutton in his post-game remarks. "Just go out and play
hard. And I thought he did that tonight. It's the best he's played in a long time."
Indeed. Ellis was the man from whence all things flowed.
He made things easier for Mills, who had 19 points, including three three-point goals.
Guard Derrick Miller had 15 points, Deron Feldhaus had three boards and some hustle plays, and Mike Scott hit two big shots late in the game to snuff out Bulldog comeback hopes.
"A lot of people were on LeRon after the Mississippi game." admitted Mills. "But we knew we needed him to play well for us to be able to win. We feel he can do what he did tonight in every game."
Kentucky, buoyed by Ellis' play, took a 33-23 halftime lead despite the fact the Bulldogs never missed from the field in the first 10 minutes. For the half they were 10 of 15 (67 percent).
However, the 'Cats took advantage of nine Mississipi turnovers, five steals and a big edge on the offensive boards to fashion their 10-point margin. They also were helped when forward Cameron (Smoke) Burns did not set the gym afire.
But, then, how could he since he got the ball only twice?
"Our guys didn't do a good job of getting him the ball," said Williams. "Hey, he's hitting on 70 percent of his shots. Hey, we just had to do a better job of getting him the ball."
They did the second half. Burns was so hot the 'Cats couldn't touch him underneath as he hit on six of six shots, most of them early in the second half.
When the Smoke had cleared Mississippi had pulled within five points twice, at 34-29 and 36-31.
However, Ellis reacted with a 10-foot jumper and Miller hit a three-pointer to up
the margin again.
Mills then got into the flow as UK jumped out to a 52-37 lead with 9:34 in the game. He hit three three-point shots in this stretch.
"Sometimes when I'm out there I don't feel as comfortable shooting that shot," said Mills. "But tonight when I made the first one 1 felt comfortable putting it up."
Williams said the shots down by the old Mills stream were ones he would expect from the California freshman.
"He's supposed to be the best player in L.A. the past 7-8 years," said Williams. "I'd expect him to be able to do that. But do you know Tony (Watts) is the best player in Rolling Fork, Miss.?"
The postgame media horde laughed at that. But Watts is no laughing matter. The son of Slick Watts, the former NBA star, he led the Bulldogs with 17 points.
But even as an outside man looking in. Watts could see it was the man from Tustin who was the difference.
"He (Ellis) really hurt us on the boards... he made a lot of second shots," said the slick son of Slick.
That was the Watts line. But Sutton pointed to two other things that enabled his team to rebound from the disastrous loss to Ole Miss.
First, he pointed to UK's edge on the offensive boards as the reason for their first-half advantage.
As for the second half, a timely shift from a man defense to a zone seemed to confuse the Bulldogs. It came after the Bulldogs had closed to 36-31 with 14:54 left.
"Yes, it did bother us," said Williams. "They are so big with Scott and Ellis underneath and Miller out front."
But, in the final analysis, one big man stood the tallest of all. The real LeRon Ellis stood up. And was counted.
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19:25	Sutton 16 (l.	24}	
18:24	Ellis l.iyup	440	
1 - III		4-2	Lockhart FT, FT
1  il	Miller l.vyup	6-2	
1 ' i ill		6-4	Carter 15 ft.
ll> 1"	Ellis lollow Ijyup	8-4	
|15:41		8-6	Watts 17 ft.
M Al	Miller 12 A.	10-6	
14:15		10-8	Ch. Nichols layup
1 1 -IH	Mills FT. FT	12-8	
12:48	Ellis allevMiop clunk	14-8	
11:39		14-10	lockhart l.iyup
11:07	Miller 18 ft.	16-10	
10:57		16-12	Lockhart 12 It
Mi,	H.mson Ijyu-p	18-12	
9:29	Miller 21 II.	21-12	
H 1 	Mills lolluw l.iyup	23-12	
8 1:		23-14	Wans 10 ft.
		23-16	Watts 8 fl.
-ii	Ellis 12 fl.	25-16	
		25-18	Watts 18 ft
4:55	Scott 9 It.	27-18	
4 ill	Feldhaus 9 ft.	29-18	
3:39		29-21	Hartsfield 20 ft.
-1"	Mills 7 ft.	31-21	
.' 18		31-23	Burns layup
1:55	Ellis 14 ft.	33-23	
HALf		33-23	
19:41		33-25	Burns l.r, up
18:28		33-27	Warts FT. FT
18:01 j Ellis FTA. Fl		34-27	
17:51		34-29	Ca. Nichols layup. FTA
17:33	Ellis 8 ft.	36-29	
17:05		36-31	Burns lollow dunk
15:55	Miller 21 ft.	39-31	
15:37		39-33	Burns dunk
15:08	Mills 21 ft.	42-33	
14:53		42-35	Bums Ft, FT
14:45	Ellis lay-up	44-35	
12:56		44-37	Bums 4 ft.
12:28	Mills 20 ft.	47-37	
11:23	Miller 14 ft.	49-37	
9:34	Mills 20 ft.	52-37	
9:02		52-40	Boykin 22 ft.
8:47	Ellis FT, FT	54-40	
8:42		54-43	Hartsfield 21 fl.
7:21		54-46	Merril 21 fl.
6:49	Ellis FT. FT	56-16	
5:30		56-17	Ca. Nichols FT, FTA
5:05	Scott lip	58-47	
4:37		58-49	Burns 10 ft.
4:01	Scon 10 ft. jump hook	60-49	
3:27		60-51	Burns 12 fl.
2:47		60-53	Walls dunk
2:25	Miller FTA, FT	61-53	
1:52	Hanson FT, FT	63-53	
1:33		63-55	Walls follow l.iyup
1:25	Mills FT, FT	65-55	
111	Farmer FT, FT	67-55	
0:59	Mills FT, FT	69-55	
0:52		69-58	Merritt 22 fl.
0:32	Hanson layup	71-58	
0:22		71-61	Watts 24 ft.
0:01	Ellis lip	73-61	
FINAt		73-61	
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Top left, clockwise: Chris Mills was one of the main reasons Kentucky notched another SEC win, a 73-61 victory over Mississippi State. Mills scored 19 points, including a perfect six of six from the stripe; Richard Williams' club has shown a great deal of improvement, thus a reason for him to be optimistic about the future: LeRon Ellis and State's Chancellor Nichols battle for position; and UK guard Sean Sutton looks to add to his team-leading assist total.
MSU-UK photos by Gary Cromwell
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Father-son combos nothing new in college hoops
SEG's Suttons, Murphys latest on the list
The father-son, coach-player relationship currently represented in the Southeastern Conference by Eddie and Sean Sutton of the University of Kentucky and Ed and Sean Murphy of Ole Miss is a concept dating back to
Russell Rice
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the very roots of basketball.
The first such combo of note involved none other than Forest "Phog" Allen, the "father of basketball coaching," who coached his son Bobbie at the University of Kansas shortly before World War ii. The younger Allen averaged 7.1 points per game for the Jayhawks, finishing second to Ralph Miller, in 1940. when low scores were the rule. Allen scored a game-high 13 points as Kansas lost to Indiana 60-42 in the NCAA championship game that year.
Following Allen's example two decades later was his star pupil. Adolph Rupp. whose son. Adolph F. Rupp Jr.. better known as Herky, started three of the nine freshmen games in which he saw action in 1960 and was a little-used reserve forward in two varsity seasons.
As a nonscholarship sophomore studying prelaw the following year, Herky played a total of 12:39 in five games, hitting two of three field goal attempts and one of one from the line for a total of five points.
"If I think he can help, he'll play." Rupp said at the time. "If not, not even his mother could persuade me to use him."
The young Rupp was held out of action the following season to "help his development." After scoring only six points (one of seven field goals and four of four free throws, finishing his career with five of five from the line), in nine games and receiving a letter the following season, Herky passed up his final year of eligibililty in favor of graduating on time.
"Some people say that you make a mistake letting your own son play for you," Rupp said later. "We tried to get Herky to go to other schools. He said, 'No, I want to go where they play the best and this is the place to go.' Of course, it would have been tough for me going out and telling other people, 'Send me your son,' and then they'd say why didn't you keep your own boy instead of sending him somewhere else?"
After being named head basketball coach with teaching assignments at Atherton High School in Louisville shortly after graduating from UK, the young Rupp said: "My father never encouraged me to coach. In fact, he didn't want me to be one. But I'm going to see how I do and maybe I'll want to coach in college later."
Concerning playing for his father, he said: "It all depends on the father and the son, and it's hard for me to imagine whether I would want a son of mine playing for me. But I certainly don't regret it. I wanted to play under the best coach in the business, and I did."
After a successful coaching career at Atherton and Shelby County, which he took to the state tournament, Herky quit coaching to enter the banking business. His son Chip played at Vanderbilt for C. M. Newton, who was a member of UK's 1951 NCAA championship squad, and then at West Virginia under Gale Catlett, who was an assistant coach at UK during Adolph Rupp's final