Arkansas wins 72-68

The Georgia Bulldogs went into the half with a 37-22 advantage.

The Arkansas Razorbacks ended the game with a 72-68 advantage.

What happend?

In the first half, the Dawgs shot 51.7% from the field, out-rebounded the Hogs 19-12 and turned the ball over only 6 times.  Georgia had total control of the game, and they were in “cruise control” for a majority of the half.

In the second half, Georgia shot 40.9% from the field, got out-rebounded 19-9 and turned the ball over 11 times.  Arkansas came out of the half and played intense man-to-man and shook Georgia out of their offensive groove (hasn’t this happened before?).  The Hogs out-scored the Dawgs 28-8 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Oh yeah, and Arkansas shot 64% from the field in the second half.  Georgia did not have an answer for Arkansas star point guard Courtney Fortson, who scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half.

The Dawgs played man defense for a majority of the night, and it worked pretty well in the first half.  However, obviously Coach Pelfrey saw some areas he thought he could exploit in the UGA’s man D – mainly that no one could guard Fortson – and the Hogs outscored Georgia 50-31 in the second half!

Following the game, Coach Fox had this to say about the Dawgs’ defense:    “We’re not making progress in that area. It is failing us. It failed us time and time again in the second half. It’s crushing this team.”

Maybe the Dawgs could have shown Arkansas a different defensive set (like a 2-3 or 1-2-2 zone?) to try to slow them up a bit in the second half?  This might have helped offset Fortson’s dribble-drive penetration…but I guess we will never know.

If this game felt like a bad case of déjà vu, don’t worry…it was.  The Dawgs have now held the lead at the half in 6 out of 7 SEC games this season, and they have only won one of those games.

Georgia has a bit of “closing” problem.

The Dawgs are now 9-11 overall, and 1-6 in the SEC.

Side Notes:

-Thompkins led the Dawgs with 21 points and 7 rebounds

-Jeremy Price scored 11 points in the first half, but he didn’t account for any points in the second half.

-In a game where Georgia was expected to have the advantage on the glass, Arkansas out-rebounded the Dawgs 31-28

Any chance Georgia can turn this thing around Saturday against Vandy?