Dawgs Smother Waves 64-47

Lock-down defender Ricky McPhee kept Pepperdine's Bell in check all night

Mark Fox certainly had his Georgia Bulldogs focused on the task at hand on Wednesday night, as the Dawgs cruised past Pepperdine 64-47 in front of a crowd of nearly 7,000.

No one on Georgia had a particularly flashy game offensively, rather it was a fairly balanced scoring effort – Leslie 14, Thompkins 12 and McPhee 10 (including a slick fast-break lay-up in which he faked a pass and then finished over the Pepperdine defender).  The Dawgs shot 46.4% from the field, and only really had one slow stretch in the second half when they scored merely 5 points between the 18:00 to 12:00 minute mark (the Waves switched to a 2-3 zone defense and this crossed Georgia up a bit).

The story of the night was once again UGA’s defense, which limited Pepperdine to only 34.6% from the field to go with 47 points (and this was a team was averaging over 70 points a game coming into the contest).  Georgia controlled the glass, out rebounding the Waves 41-26 and essentially dominating them at their own game.  And once again, the Bulldogs hosted another “Block Party” at Stegman Coliseum by racking up 7 blocked shots (Chris Barnes and Jeremy Price led the way with 2 apiece).

I felt like the game’s MVP was the pride of Lawrenceville, GA – Ricky McPhee.  McPhee guarded Keon Bell for most of the night, and limited him to only 6 points on 2 of 12 shooting to go along with 7 turnovers (Bell was averaging 20.6 points/game before last night).  Ricky scored 10 points himself and shot a solid 4 of 7 from the field.

McPhee has clearly established himself as the Dawgs best perimeter defender, and I for one never saw that coming going into this season.

The Dawgs are now sitting at 7-4 as 2009 comes to an end.  In my opinion, so far so good.

What’s everybody else think?