NASHVILLE — Jamal Murray turned in his arrows and went with a dagger against Georgia in Saturday afternoon’s SEC tournament semifinal game.
His Kentucky squad trailed for much of the game, but a blistering second-half run gave the Wildcats a 93-80 win over the Bulldogs.
Murray’s final 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining was the back-breaker. It capped a 16-5 run that allowed No. 2 seed Kentucky to finally end No. 6-seeded Georgia’s impressive tournament run. Now, the Wildcats will take on top seed Texas A&M in Sunday’s final (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
MVP: Tyler Ulis. The freshman guard broke 20-plus points and 5-plus assists for the 13th time this season, adding to his program record. After an iffy performance Friday, he responded with a more aggressive approach early against the Bulldogs and finished with a stat line (25 points, 4-for-7 from 3-point range, five assists) that should help his National Player of the Year case.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere
Off the bench: Marcus Lee, Charles Matthews, Dominique Hawkins, Isaac Humphries, Mychal Mulder (late) and EJ Floreal (late)
Cleaning up the glass: UGA led, 49-44, at halftime … Murray hit a 3-pointer in his 33rd consecutive game, breaking Tony Delk’s school record … Willis returned to pre-injury form, racking up 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Previous game: Kentucky blows past Alabama in SEC quarterfinal
What’s next: Kentucky vs. Texas A&M for the SEC tournament title on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)