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Dawgs end losing streak, survive Carolina 62-54 at home

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drew nothing but net from the wing on a three-pointer that tied Georgia 53-53 with South Carolina with only 10 seconds remaining, and the Dawgs would then stop the Cocks twice because of some weird officiating gaff before going into overtime (this portion of the game was extremely frustrating for anyone inside Stegeman because they were not telling us anything).

UGA then outscored Carolina 9-1 in the OT, and Georgia would leave Stegeman on Saturday evening with a much-needed 62-54 conference victory.

A loss to the Cocks would have been disheartening and difficult to overcome for a Bulldog team that held the lead in this game all the way up until the 8:47 mark in the second half, when Brian Richardson hit a three from the wing to put his team up 39-38.

Freshman Charles Mann, who chipped in 14 points for the Dawgs, had an opportunity to put his team on top when he went to the free throw line with 19 seconds remaining and Georgia trailing 51-50. But Mann choked, clanking both shots and giving USC a chance to further extend their lead.

Obviously, KCP’s three bailed Mann out and saved the day as the Dawgs took care of business in overtime.

However, the second biggest play that enabled Georgia to be in a position to win this game was made by sophomore Nemanja Djurisic. With only 52 seconds left and South Carolina leading 51-48, UGA found Sherrard Brantely wide open in the corner for a three, but the senior couldn’t knock it down. Fortunately for UGA, Neme corralled the weak side rebound, got fouled and cooly sunk both free throws, cutting the margin to just one point. If Neme doesn’t make those plays and the Cocks end up with the defensive board, Georgia would have had to foul and maybe KCP isn’t even in the position to make a game-tying three-pointer.

Neme ended up with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

All and all, this game was an extremely frustrating one to attend – both teams shot below 32% from the floor and neither squad hit more than 61% of their free throws. Georgia and South Carolina tallied up a combined 50 personal fouls, contributing to the marathon-like length of this nearly three-hour game.

All that being said, it feels a lot better knowing Georgia won.

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Written by hoopdawg

February 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

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  1. Isn’t Derrick Floyd from the ’83 team now the official timekeeper at Stegeman? Nothing wrong with a little home cooking, but that was a whole turkey, dressing, and sweet potato pie on the scorer’s table. Just give us a couple of tenths here and there, Big D!

    sansho1

    February 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

    • These last four regular season games will be a good gauge as to whether or not this team has actually improved much…or the W’s have just been a a result of taking advantage of some bad SEC teams. Our best win was at Tennessee and UT played that game without their best perimeter player in Trae Golden(he had 30+ at TAMU yesterday).

      Vandy is improving and it’s always an adventure playing in Nashville. UT and UK will both come into Athens very motivated, knowing that a loss to UGA would be devastating to their tourney hopes. Finally, the Alabama game is a Saturday afternoon road game on the heels of what will be an emotional(Senior night) Thursday night game vs UK. I don’t hold out much hope for winning that one. Hopefully, we can beat Vandy and then split with UT and UK. That would get us to 9-9 in conference and two tourney wins would put us at .500 overall. Not good enough for any postseason play(especially as weak as the SEC is this year), but better than any of us could have dreamed earlier in the season.

      Greg

      February 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

      • I totally agree with you about Tennessee – they had turnovers issues against UGA in the first game without their point guard, but with him on the court next Saturday in Athens UT probably won’t have similar problems.

        hoopdawg

        February 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

  2. I think the Dawgs can take 3 of these last 4 and earn an NIT bid

    Decatur Dawg

    February 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    • Can they??? maybe… is this likely or probable??? not really

      Brandon

      February 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm


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