When Mississippi Valley State guard Terrance Joyner knocked down a three with 3:35 left in the game to put his Delta Devils up 66-59, things were beginning to look bleak. The possibility of Georgia losing it’s home opener to MVSU was starting to look like it might become a reality (I was starting to feel sick).
But then Jeremy Price hoisted the Dawgs up on his shoulders and rattled off eight straight points through a barrage of baskets (plus the free throws). The second consecutive basket that Price converted during this streak – when he stole an open court pass and took it the length of the court and finished despite being fouled – was a display of athleticism that I did not know the big fella possessed.
After Georgia‘s (Price’s) 8-0 run, the Dawgs had a 67-66 lead that they would not relinquish again – winning 72-70 and avoiding an embarrassing home loss.
Jeremy Price finished with a game-high 20 points.
One thing is certain: Georgia looks like a pretty average team without Trey Thompkins (hopefully that ankle heels up asap).
The Dawgs got out-rebounded, out-hustled and basically out-played for nearly 37 minutes by a Delta Devils team that was playing without its best player as well – Shannon Behling. I’m not sure why MVSU coach Sean Woods kept Behling out – injury, academics or just to be fair since Trey was already out? – but thank goodness he did.
The Delta Devils brought some serious sharp-shooting to Athens, knocking down an unbelievable 10 three-pointers.
This was my first look at transfer guard Gerald Robinson, Jr. and I was definitely impressed. Robinson finished with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field, and he was really Georgia’s most reliable offensive option throughout the game. Robinson looks strong with the ball, and he gives Georgia a viable “dribble-drive” scoring threat from the guard position. When Trey gets back, this team could really do some damage this year with GR running the point.
Travis Leslie started the game a little sloppy (he looked like he might have been pressing a bit), but the junior played a strong second half and finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Leslie’s final rebound prevented the Delta Devils from getting a second-chance shot on their last possession, and closed out the win for the Dawgs.
This game should serve as a good learning experience for coach Mark Fox’s team. Even though his Georgia squad was out-played for nearly the entire game, they still found a way to buckle-down on defense and win.
On a side note, I am very interested as to what the NCAA record is for consecutive “and one’s”? I searched the web but couldn’t turn anything up…anybody know? Did Jeremy Price make history last night at the Steg?