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Dawgs drop another heartbreaker, fall 62-60 at Arkansas

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Arkansas’s leading scorer B.J. Young, who Georgia held in check for much of the night, swirled into the lane for a lay-up to put his Razorback team up 62-60 with just 5.3 seconds remaining in the game (granted, his basket may have been courtesy of an overlooked traveling violation).

On the ensuing possession, Georgia’s Vincent Williams took the ball the length of the floor and got a decent look at the basket on a runner as time expired, but his floater drew all glass, and UGA lost its second-straight road thriller.

Anyone who watched the first half of this contest probably found themselves mildly puzzled when Georgia held a 56-53 advantage with just 2:33 left in the game. The Dawgs were awful before the break, mustering only 18 points on 4 field goals. Georgia’s best player – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – entered the locker room scoreless following the game’s first 20 minutes of play.

Yet, Georgia managed to regroup at the half despite their lackluster effort before the intermission, which they entered trailing by 10 points.

The Dawgs’ second-half comeback was aided by the fact that Arkansas star Marshawn Powell spent much of the last 20 minutes of this game on the bench due to foul trouble. However, Powell came through in the clutch for his team, scoring 7 of his 11 points with under 4 minutes remaining.

Arkansas received a monster boost from the bench in Anthlon Bell, who knocked down 5 three-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points. Before tonight, Bell had not scored a basket in the team’s previous 9 games.

This loss – on the heels of the overtime loss at Ole Miss last Saturday – has to be a crushing blow to a Dawgs team that has come so close to pulling off road upsets in back-to-back games.

Tonight’s defeat puts Georgia’s conference record at 6-7, and they are now in a three-way tie with LSU and Texas A&M for 8th place in the SEC (though UGA does hold the head-to-head advantage over both of those teams).

Coach Mark Fox’s team will need to find a way to dig deep and regroup on a quick turnaround as they play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks at 2PM in Athens this Saturday.

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Written by hoopdawg

February 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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  1. This was really a tough loss after fighting their way back in to it at the end. Yet, I still think back to how down I was over our play in December and recognize how far these kids have come. This is a very young team that now looks like a team. Next year, some of the calls that aren’t going the young guys’ way will go our way and we’ll be winning more than an even share of the close ones. Experience does that for you (as long as we can continue to improve on our basketball smarts. I’d really feel good about the future if we could attract a front court man who was a consistent scoring threat. Wonder if anybody could teach Donte a workable drop step a la Takis Brown?

    Hoops Dawg

    February 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    • I really like this team too, especially considering how things started (as you mentioned). Georgia has a few plays go differently against Ole Miss and Arkansas and they are 8-5 in SEC play.

      Either way, they still have a legitimate shot of getting to 10 conference wins this season.

      hoopdawg

      February 22, 2013 at 6:29 am

      • I thought Brantley played his best game.Good shooting, ball handling and hustle. Fox has these guys playing good defense which keeps us in the game. Dogs deserved to win tonight. But we still need shooters. Very good road team. Maybe a good SEC tournament team?

        Jerry

        February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

  2. Again, just like at Ole Miss, I was very proud of how our team played. I’m hoping that in the SEC Tournament, we exact a little payback.

    Harlem Bill

    February 22, 2013 at 9:41 am


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