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Dawgs steal road game in College Station

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The Georgia Bulldogs had the ball, leading 52-48 with only 2:37 remaining, on the verge of blowing a lead over Texas A & M that had blossomed as high as 17 points at one point in the game’s second half.

The Dawgs’ fearless leader – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – received the ball on the wing, shook off a defender and calmly buried a three-pointer that sent his team up by 7 points.

Georgia wasn’t completely out of the woods yet though, leading 55-52 with less than a minute to play. In another critical possession, Charles Mann missed on a floater with 27 ticks left, but thankfully UGA big man Donte Williams was there for the tip-in that put Georgia up 57-52, icing the Bulldog win with only 26 seconds remaining.

As aforementioned, UGA held a 48-31 lead with less than 10 minutes to play. However, over the next 8 minutes the Dawgs went just 2 for 9 from the floor and turned the ball over to the Aggies on 3 possessions. Yet when the wheels were coming off, Georgia’s leaders took charge and made the necessary plays to allow the Dawgs to walk out of College Station with a 59-52 conference victory.

If you are a UGA basketball fan, then you can’t help but like this team. Earlier in the week, Georgia put up a solid fight in a losing effort to the #7 Florida Gators, a team that had beaten the Dawgs by almost 40 points a week earlier in Gainesville.

Tonight’s road victory against A & M shows that these guys have definitely not given up on the season.

The Aggies’ backcourt played well, with Elston Turner and Fabyon Harris scoring 19 and 13 points, respectively.

But the player that stole the show in College Station on Saturday night was KCP, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 2 steals. When the Dawgs were teetering on the brink of total collapse, Pope nailed a clutch three-pointer that was critical in his team’s victory.

This win puts Georgia at 2-4 in league play, and it provides them with a very realistic chance of getting to .500 in the SEC by this time next week with upcoming games against Auburn and South Carolina.

As long as KCP is donning the Red and Black, Georgia should be a competitive basketball team.

Written by hoopdawg

January 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

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  1. I’m overjoyed that we pulled it out but let’s be honest–didn’t it feel like we would find a way to give it away? Hopefully we turned the corner tonight on that type of collapse , making them much less likely in the future. Up until the time we started making silly mistakes, I thought that this was our best game of the year. It is surerly in the top two or three in my mind (road wins in the SEC don’t grow on trees), but I came away relieved rather than supremely confident over what had been shaping up to be a clear blowout.

    Hoops Dawg

    January 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  2. Does anyone doubt we have a one man team? Props to Brantley who got set and shot for a couple of key makes. Georgia plays hard, just lacks the talent or chemistry to be consistent. A&M lost the game at the foul line and was unable to stop KCP. Georgia played well and deserved to win. Eliminated most of the bad turnovers they had in past games and made their foul shots. Good road win. Can they repeat?

    Jerry

    January 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

    • Brantley did make some big shots in the second half. I hope that they can repeat cause they have such a great chance to get to .500 next week.

      hoopdawg

      January 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

  3. Not lost on me is that we’re 8-11, with the 32nd hardest schedule in the country, to this point. (according to http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/teams/rpi/UGA). Also, we just had our best win of the season. Texas A&M aren’t the elite, but they are a top 100 RPI team. I’m feeling a little bit better about possibly finishing the season around .500 in conference play. Unfortunately we play a down Vandy only once this year and UT twice. South Carolina twice, Arkansas, Auburn. There are some wins to be had in there, with hopefully the occasional upset!

    Michael

    January 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  4. Good win. Some offensive passing sequences were sublime things of beauty. Some forced passes were things of horror. We showed some better patience as the shot clock wound down. We made some passes that should never have left a hand. A flawed yet improved win. But as tempting as it is to dream of a .500 record, Auburn just took Ole Miss to the wire and South Carolina destroyed Arkansas. Nothing is assured. All that said, the boys showed strength and maturity. Frank Martin said on his radio show that USC would not press Georgia looking for steals. If Auburn does the same and we shot better than 40%, we’ve got a chance. Fingers crossed!

    Harlem Bill

    January 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

  5. Awesome win! Really proud of the guys. KCP is the man! Let’s make it two in a row on Wednesday against Auburn!!

    Marietta Dawg

    January 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  6. Dare we dream of an NIT bid?

    Decatur Dawg

    January 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm


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