Wildcats add to win streak

ATHENS - Billy Gillispie and his Kentucky Wildcats are keeping their three-game winning streak in perspective.

The Wildcats aren't ranked and they don't even make the RPI's top 125, so there's no need to talk about their hopes for postseason play in March. But at least they can call themselves winners again.

Joe Crawford scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run to open the second half, and Kentucky overcame the loss of Ramel Bradley to beat Georgia 63-58 on Saturday.

Freshman Patrick Patterson added 16 points as Kentucky (10-9 overall, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) moved over .500 for the first time since December.

What does three straight SEC wins, including handing Georgia its first home loss of the season, mean for Kentucky?

'I think it just shows that we're continuing to improve,' Gillispie said.

For a team that0 began the day with a Ratings Percentage Index of only 135, there's still a long way to go.

Kentucky overcame the loss of Bradley and also played strong late in the game without Crawford, who suffered cramping in his foot and was limited to 31 minutes.

'It just shows a lot of heart by our players who don't get a lot of minutes,' said sophomore Derrick Jasper.

Added Gillispie: 'We did everything we could do as far as all the intangibles to go on the road and win. ... We had a good lead on them and they came back and took the lead and our guys didn't blink. Our mental toughness and physical toughness have really developed.'

Kentucky lost guard Bradley with 8:44 left in the first half when the senior, attempting a fast-break layup, was knocked to the court from behind by Georgia's Dave Bliss. Bradley landed hard and appeared groggy when he left the court.

Bradley, who joined warmups for the start of the second half before he was sent back to the lockerroom, suffered a Grade 2 concussion and a cut on his chin, according to Gillispie.

Gillispie said he didn't know Bradley's status for Wednesday's game at Auburn.

Crawford was given intravenous fluids after the game. Bradley and Crawford were not available for comment.

Harris scored a career-high 9 points and Porter played 18 minutes.