Georgia's Nicolas Claxton, right, collides with Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel during the first half of an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday, March 9, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP
Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

Bulldogs lose to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-10), who have won the last three tournament championships and 30 titles overall, advanced to face Alabama on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 Washington scored 11 of his points in the second half and finished 8 of 12 from the field.

Tyree Crump led the No. 12 seed Bulldogs (18-15) with 17 points, while Associated Press SEC player of the year Yante Maten was held to nine points on 2 of 10 shooting.

Despite playing their third game in as many days, compared with Kentucky, making its first outing of the tournament, the Bulldogs took a 23-22 lead late in the first half after a pair of free throws by Maten. The edge was short-lived, however, when the Wildcats responded with an 8-0 run to take a 30-23 halftime lead and surged ahead by as many as 17 points in the second half.

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