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Vols snap UGA’s four-game win streak in Knoxville

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Some nights you have it, and some nights you don’t.

Last night, the Georgia Bulldogs (14-11; 8-5) certainly did not have it in Knoxville, where they fell 67-48 to the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Dawgs – a team that came into this game leading the SEC in rebounding – could not match the Vols’ physicality on the blocks. Tennessee won the battle on the boards by a count of 37-30, and they scored over half of their points (34) in the paint.

The main culprit of all of this inside dominance was Jarnell Stokes, who abused Georgia for 20 points and 11 rebounds.

After trailing Tennessee 34-28 at the half, Georgia managed to hang around for the most part to begin the second half of play. The Dawgs cut the Vols’ lead to 45-38 following a free throw from Nemanja Djurisic with 12:18 remaining.

Tennessee responded, however, with a 12-5 run that sent their advantage to 57-43 with only 8:00 minutes left in the game. This spurt was enough to put UGA away, giving the Vols their 7th conference win of the season.

Offensively, Georgia was led by Kenny Gaines and J.J. Frazier, who finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Frazier netted 10 of his 12 in the first half, providing Coach Mark Fox a much-needed spark off the bench in a game where Charles Mann was a non-factor.

Mann, who had been averaging nearly 17 points a night in the previous six SEC contests, was held to just 5 points in this one.

The Dawgs entered last night’s game shooting almost 30 free throws a night, but against the Vols Georgia took just 11 shots from the charity stripe, converting 8 of them.

The loss snaps UGA’s four-game winning streak, but the Dawgs still have a hold on 3rd place in the conference, thanks to a road win at Ole Miss by the Kentucky Wildcats.

Georgia hits the road again this weekend to take on South Carolina, a team that has been playing better as of late. The Gamecocks have won their past 2 home games, and they have been winners of 3 or their last 4 in Columbia.

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Written by hoopdawg

February 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

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  1. What a dud. Other than the Vanderbilt game, I can’t think of a more disappointing effort in conference play. Is it me or did Tim Dixon and John Cannon play more than Charles Mann and Donte Williams? There were numerous times in the second half (and at the end of the first half when UT finished on a 6-0 spurt) that we had just one scorer on the floor.

    I know the announcers mentioned that Coach Fox felt like his team was “tired” and he planned to use a lot of players. I get that. At the same time, Dixon and Cannon looked like fourth-graders trying to stop Stokes. If we want to stay in the top four, a victory Saturday in Columbia is essential.

    Upstate Dawg

    February 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    • Fox had no game plan tonight. Just show up .Could not stop their big guy, even with double teaming. Our glaring weakness at that spot exposed. We depend on foul shots and rebounding to stay in a game. Wasn’t there last night. No reason for a team to be tired. This was an important game and we didn’t go with our best guys. This continues the pattern of “good game” “bad game”. It seems when we play a lot of guys we have no momentum.We should have learned that in Nov-Dec.

      Jerry

      February 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

      • Agreed. Just a bizarre set of players for almost the entire game. Cannon?? Seriously??

        Ron

        February 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

        • I hope that we can disband the Cannon fanclub on this blog. The guy is not an SEC player, which explains once and for all why he usually rides the bench. He got abused and humiliated and even called out by the ESPN announcer for not “wearing his big boy pants” to the game.

          Decatur Dawg

          February 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    • Fox’s substitutions are hard to keep up with at times since they happen at such a blistering pace.

      hoopdawg

      February 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  2. In this game we saw what happens to our offense when Mann cannot get in the lane. Solid D by UT.

    My biggest beef is that we need to get the ball to Gaines more.

    Decatur Dawg

    February 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

  3. Do not be surprised to see the team finish the season 1-4 and HCMF be unemployed. Timing is great for a change. Minus one the entire team has 2014-15 eligibility. Fox has proven that he is not able to recruit SEC level talent. A new Coach that CAN RECRUIT maybe able to sign a few of the 4-5* prospects from Georgia. The 4* G from Athens has committed to another out-of-state!

    Ron

    February 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

  4. Dogs become technological wizards and mastering time travel take Georgia basketball fans back to Novermber of 2013. Must we always lose by ~20 when we show up on national TV? Yes, we were tired, but compare us to Kansas (who must really be sapped) on the other channel at Texas Tech. Good teams rise up. Our yeast was old! And I get it that Stokes was hot, but how about making it difficult to feed him the ball? How many times did he get an easy uncontested pass? Once he was under the basket, he was going to be difficult to stop, and the double teams were halfhearted and lead to fouls. Where was the fight? I realize that some nights aren’t yours, but you don’t have to be resigned to it with 12 minutes to go. Get angry. Heck, Ole Miss was getting embarrased, but at least they got angry about it and fought to the end. Roast the Chickens, and take out Mizzou, and I’ll forget this mess, but if we really hope to have a great team by next season, we are going to learn how to show up…even when we’d rather not.

    Harlem Bill

    February 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm


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