Georgia’s Kenny Gaines was tabbed as the SEC’s Co-Player of the Week on Monday, three days after his career-high 35-point outburst against Murray State last Friday. Gaines shared the weekly honor with Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis.
Gaines’ performance against the Racers was one of the top single-game efforts in Georgia Basketball history. He accounted for 55.6 percent of the Bulldogs’ points in their 63-52 win, including 64.7 percent in the second half (22 of 34). That represents the highest percentage of team offense as far back as complete records are available (beginning with the 1960-61 season).
The Bulldogs led for 34:31 of the game but trailed by two with 4:11 left. Gaines then hit three 3-pointers in a span of 1:52 that put the Bulldogs back up by five.
The 6-3, 205-pound senior from Atlanta equaled the No. 15 single-game scoring output ever for the Bulldogs and also posted the No. 6 and No. 5 marks for 3-pointers made (7) and attempted (14), respectively. Among UGA’s career leaders, he also ascended to No. 12 in 3-pointers made (138) and No. 14 in 3-pointers attempted (367).
Individually, Gaines, who was a first-team preseason All-SEC selection of league coaches, established career-high numbers for points (35), field goals made (10), field goals attempted (18), 3-pointers made (7) and 3-pointers attempted (14).
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host High Point (3-1). Tip time for that contest has been pushed up to 5 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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