In the post-game wrap-up after the game, Coach Mark Fox proclaimed “We have to play defense better if we want to win on the road. We have to rebound better if we want to win on the road.”
That about sums up Wednesday night’s loss in Gainesville at the O’Connell Center.
The Dawgs didn’t defensive rebound well, turned the ball over too many times and looked totally lost on defense when Florida reversed the ball. The Gators scored an astounding 50 points off turnovers and second-chance points!
Georgia had 19 turnovers to Florida’s 10, and UGA was out-rebounded 27-23 (which is shocking since Georgia came into this game with a +4.5 rebounding margin). The Gators were ferocious on the offensive glass, hauling in 13 offensive boards.
The Dawgs, however, only brought down 7 offensive rebounds – they came into the game averaging 12.5 on the season.
Georgia did shoot the ball very well, knocking down 59.6% from the field and 57.1% from beyond the arc (problem was they only took 47 shots due to excessive turnovers).
Trey Thompkins and Ricky McPhee combined for 63% of the Dawgs offense. Thompkins was on fire, connecting on 10 of 12 shots including 2 for 2 on 3-pointers. McPhee knocked down five 3’s and finished the night 8 of 11 from the field. Travis Leslie was the only other Georgia player in double-figures, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-leading 8 rebounds…he also had two more alley-oop dunks and may show up on ESPN again tonight.
Florida’s dynamic guard duo of Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker proved too much for Georgia to handle. Walker burned the Dawgs for 21 points on four 3’s (which all were from FAR outside the line) and dished out 10 assists. Boynton hit three 3’s himself and ended up with 21 points.
Forward Alex Tyus was unstoppable all night, hitting 10-14 on field goals and leading the Gators in scoring with 23 points.
Georgia is not 0-6 in true road games (not counting the Illinois game), and 0-3 in SEC away games.
The Dawgs have to shake this one off, though, and get ready for another difficult SEC road game this Saturday night as they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, SC.
In case you missed it Tuesday night, the Gamecocks just knocked off the #1 Kentucky Wildcats.