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Dawgs topple Cocks 67-56 for third-straight conference win

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope took care of the first half, Kenny Gaines handled the second and the Georgia Bulldogs (10-11; 4-4) cruised out of Columbia with a 67-56 SEC road victory – their second of the season. In fact, today’s win over the Gamecocks marks the first three-game conference win streak for the Dawgs since February of 2004.

After exchanging the lead 13 times in the first 20 minutes, South Carolina took a 30-29 advantage to the locker room at the break. Pope carried Georgia through the first half, scoring 16 of his game-high 19 points prior to the intermission.

KCP was limited in the second half, however, mustering only 3 points. His three was rather timely though, putting the Dawgs up 59-49 with 4:35 remaining in the game.

Georgia played like a bunch of veterans in the Colonial Life Center on Saturday, fending off the Cocks on multiple occasions in the final 20 minutes. Carolina erased an 8-point UGA lead after Bruce Ellington finished a three-point play with 10:51 left, cutting the Georgia advantage to just 46-44. The Dawgs responded instantly with a Donte Williams jumper and then a three from Vincent Williams, expanding the UGA lead to 51-44.

Carolina would close the gap once again though, trimming the Georgia margin to just 4 points with under seven minutes to play. Georgia answered the Cocks’ run though with three-pointers from Sherrard Brantley as well as the aforementioned three from KCP that gave the Dawgs a 10-point advantage with a little over 4 minutes remaining.

Not to sound like a broken record, but I cannot stress how impressive and mature Georgia’s second half performance was this afternoon. The Dawgs played sloppily before the break, turning the ball over 9 times. Georgia cleaned things up after the half, giving it away only 4 times in the game’s final 20 minutes.

Coach Mark Fox got great offensive production from his bench today with Kenny Gaines and John Cannon chipping in 11 and 8 points apiece.

Freshman Charles Mann, who went down with a shoulder injury late in the first half, played rock-solid for the Dawgs, netting 11 points to go along with 6 assists and 3 rebounds.

Georgia was red-hot from the floor in Columbia, making almost 59% of their field goal attempts and over 46% of their three’s. The Dawgs’ 67 points ties the team’s best SEC offensive outburst of the season, matching the 67 that they put up against LSU back in January.

South Carolina had three players finish in double-digits – Michael Carrera (16), Bruce Ellington (14), Brian Richardson (12) – but for the most part the Gamecocks struggled to score, hitting under 36% from the floor.

The win over Carolina puts Georgia at 6th place in the conference (for the moment) with a 4-4 record. This young UGA team is learning to close-out games, and they appear to be improving each week.

With 4 wins in the past 5 games, Georgia may be one of the hotter teams in the SEC.

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Written by hoopdawg

February 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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  1. Nice write-up Hoop. I was really impressed with Mann’s play today, especially his penetration dishes to Cannon in the second half (he had at least two other similar penetrations on which the other bigs fumbled away sure baskets). I like the three guard lineup with Mann, KCP and Gaines (who really, really helped us to begin to pull away from the cocks) I can’t remember ever seeing all three of them on the floor together. Neme remains a mystery to me. Let’s hope it is simply a sophomore slump that he’ll shake off because he should be a much better player than he has shown this year.

    Hoops Dawg

    February 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    • I thought Mann’s effort was awesome, especially considering the injury. You are right too, he has a great knack for finding people in the lane when he drives. Mann is going to be a great player for years to come…

      hoopdawg

      February 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  2. HE FINALLY LET GAINES PLAY! AND CANNON! Yes, they made some mistakes. But it is a much better and exciting team with those two in the game. Gaines made some very nice plays. IMO, their best game of the season. Now, the question is will he let Gaines play some major minutes in the future.With Mann and KCP, Gaines will drive and shoot the pullup or go to the basket. The offensive threat they needed. Good game to watch.

    Jerry

    February 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    • Gaines looks like he will be a legit scorer in the league, maybe as soon as next year.

      hoopdawg

      February 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

  3. Amazing to get road wins even more so when you think about where this team has been this year. KCP is amazing. I want to see Gaines get more time to do what he did today.

    Romans

    February 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  4. Incredible win! Gaines looked like Travis Leslie on that put back dunk. That was sick! He is definitely a legit scorer. I think he will get major minutes from here out and I think Cannon will get solid minutes as well. At least that’s what I’m hoping for. Amazing to see the progress this team is making.

    Marietta Dawg

    February 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm


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