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Dawgs Smack Buccaneers Early and Win 70-55

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The Georgia Bulldogs (10-2) did exactly what they needed to do on Tuesday night against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers – they came out intense on defense and controlled the paint (on offense and defense).

The Dawgs definitely deserve praise for their defensive effort last night.

The Bucaneers came into the game averaging 80.5 points per game, and they were shooting 48% from the field and an astounding 39.4% from beyond the arc as a team.  The strength of this team this season has been its outside shooting.

However, Georgia‘s  man defense in the first half was smothering, limiting the Bucs to just 20 points at the break.  Georgia held Southern to merely 25% from the field and only 18.2% from three-point range.  And to add insult to injury, Georgia hosted a “Block Party” in the first half as well, rejecting five Buccaneer shots (Georgia finished the game with 9 blocks).

Charleston Southern tried to trip Georgia at the start of this game by coming out in a match-up zone to start the game – that didn’t work.

Georgia took advantage of its height advantage and pounded the ball in the paint, with Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie and Jeremy Price combining for 28 of the Georgia’s 41 first-half points.  Georgia finished the game with an unbelievable 46 points in the paint, with Leslie leading the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds.

In continuing with the height advantage discussion, it should be mentioned that Georgia dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Bucs 45-34.  Georgia did a great job of limiting this Bucs team to just one shot on offense in the first half (which happened quite often since the Bucs were ice-cold).

Following a 10-0 Georgia run, Charleston Southern took a timeout with 12:43 left before the break and the Dawgs up 18-6.  From that point, Georgia never looked back.

Georgia built up a 41-20 lead at the half, and won the game 70-55 with everyone except for Matt Bucklin getting at least 5 minutes of playing time in the second half.

This game was over right away, which was exactly what the doctor ordered for this team’s confidence.  After a near let-down in Macon last week, the Dawgs needed a nice blowout win to get back on track before the SEC season begins.

Georgia has now won seven straight games, and they now boast a 6-0 home record.

Georgia plays one more game before 2011 – Eastern Kentucky – and then the real season begins for this team.

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Written by hoopdawg

December 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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  1. Started a comment earlier and it was wisk away into cyberland before I finished typing. Strange! What I had wanted to say is that I wish our opponent tomorrow was a little tougher than they are. Kenucky could be a rude awakening after the cupcakes we’ve been playing. Wouldn’t mind playing Notre Dame or Temple again. Those are games (particularly Notre Dame)that we let get away while Trey was out of shape and somewhat of a distraction. On the other hand, that Mercer game shows that we have a ways to go if we hope to compete consistently with the big boys. But I’m ready to jump er up and see what transpires.

    Hoops Dawg

    December 30, 2010 at 11:42 am

  2. One thing I definitely hope to see on the 8th is a rocking crowd. Im sure it will be sold out, if its not already, but we need to really make the Cats ears bleed and give our guys a strong home court advantage.

    A win there would be a loud announcement to the SEC that we are a force to be reckoned with this year.

    Dawgpound07

    December 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  3. [...] Eastern Kentucky team has a similar persona as the Charleston Southern team that Georgia dismantled on Tuesday – not a lot of size or depth; prefer to shoot it from outside.  The Colonels basically live [...]

  4. Was glad to see the Dawgs stretch things out last night and win a run-away. I agree that I wish the test tomorrow were a bit stiffer to help us prepare for UK. The UK game has been sold out for a couple of months already but I fear that many tickets went to Cats’ fans and scalpers. I hope the students are back as they really make a difference. Happy New Year.

    Upstate Dawg

    December 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm


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