Georgia Falls 70-68 to Colorado

The Georgia Bulldogs (4-3) fought and clawed all the way to the final horn before coming up short in their second straight loss, losing 70-68 to the Colorado Buffaloes.

In his post-game interview, Coach Mark Fox cited “critical errors” – like missing a block-out assignment or not covering an in-bounds play down the stretch – as some of the reasons his young Bulldog team lost to the Buffs on Monday night.

The Bulldogs took a 38-34 lead into the intermission, only to come out flat (once again) for the first four minutes of the second half.  Colorado went on an 11-1 run after the break, holding the Dawgs without a field goal until nearly eight minutes had passed in the second half.  Georgia played from behind for the remainder of the game, unable to cut into the Colorado lead (until it was too late).

After shooting nearly 50% from the floor in the first half, the Dawgs went ice-cold after the intermission, connecting on just 34.5% of their field goals.

Georgia was unable to slow down Colorado big Andre Roberson, who carried the Buffs with 15 points and 15 rebounds.  Roberson’s biggest board came at a critical juncture in the game, with his team leading the Dawgs 63-56 and running out of shot clock time.  He beat Marcus Thornton to the ball off of a miss, drawing a foul on Thornton in the process.  After making one of two from the free throw line, Johnson’s team was now up 64-56 with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Thornton had another tough night offensively, going 0 for 5 from the floor en route to zero points.  He did bring down 5 rebounds, but also managed to commit 2 turnovers.

Coach Mark Fox did get some nice production off the bench from a couple of his frontcourt reserves.  Sophomore center John Florveus had his best night as a Bulldog yet, hauling down 7 rebounds and chipping in 4 points in 22 minutes of play.  Freshman Nemanja Djurisic scored 6 points and grabbed 6 boards in only 14 minutes on the court.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Dawgs in scoring with 15 points, but he shot a dismal 6 of 17 from the floor.  After a strong first half that included 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, Pope couldn’t find the basket after the break.

The biggest bright spot for Coach Mark Fox’s team was the improved play of senior guard Gerald Robinson, Jr.  GR2 was once again not in the starting line up, but he responded by pouring in 14 points and dishing out 3 assists (on 6 of 9 shooting).  Robinson looked in control when he was on the court, and most importantly, he committed just one turnover.

After a four-game stretch away from Athens, the Bulldogs return to Stegeman this Friday night as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats at 7:00pm.  This game is probably being looked at by most Dawgs fans as more of an appetizer before Saturday’s main course that is the SEC Football Championship in Atlanta.

For a UGA basketball team that has dropped 3 of its last 4 games, however, the contest on Friday represents an opportunity to get a quality win over another Big East opponent.

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8 thoughts on “Georgia Falls 70-68 to Colorado

  1. These slow starts in second halves are becoming a trademark of Coach Fox’s teams dating back to last year. I sure don’t know what the problem is, but we had better get it fixed. As for the game last night, we should have beat that team but ended up beating ourselves with sloppy play and far less than stellar defense. TV commentators (Pac 12 guys) implied that Neme would play a lot more if he was as enthusiastic about playing defense as he is about playing offense. Sounds like that had to come from Fox. I wish he’d get with it because MT has absolutely no discernable moves on offense.

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    1. In his post-game interview on 750AM, Fox sounded like he is getting a little fed up with the lack of production from Thornton. He said that Donte Williams needs another big man to pair up with him on offense so that he can settle into a rhythm – maybe Djurisic or Florveus will become that other guy?

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  2. I have to admit I had high hopes for Marcus this season. I believe that CMF can flat out coach and I had expectations we would see drastic improvement from “Mr Basketball” in year two. But he is TERRIBLE. I hate to say it, but there is no way around it. He is really awful. He looks lost constantly.

    I am also at the end of my rope with Sherrard. I don’t understand how someone who is supposedly good at shooting could be so consistently bad. I agree with your comment last week that Vincent should be taking ALL of Sherrards minutes at this point.

    I am still hopeful that CMF will get the best out of these guys and we will see some surprising wins and maybe a trip to the NIT but with disappointments in recruiting and non-improvement from key players I have to say at this point I have a bad feeling about our direction.

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    1. I really feel the same way as you do about MT. He has a wonderful basketball body but seems a bit slow and a lot less athletic than I ever expected. Can’t help but be disappointed with Sherrad as well. On the oher hand, Donte looks better at this point in the season than I expected, and I think that he will become a fine player. I wish he’d bang a little harder on the boards however. If we end up with an NIT bid this year, Mark Fox will have done one heck of a coaching job.

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  3. Vincent Williams has really stepped up this season, I like his developement. In the UGA game that Bob Knight did, he said, “Williams has a perfect motion on his three point shot.” With Ware and Robinson graduating, it looks as if he will be the starting point next season, with the incoming freshmen guards getting some minutes as well.

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  4. As I have said repeatedly, Thornton needs to ride the pine, I mean a guy who can’t even hit the rim on a stick back. Looking back those two missed dunks really killed us last night. Let’s see if getting back home can help us.

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  5. Another disconcerting stat is that right now thru 7 games, our opponents have shot 60 more free throws than us- a direct result of shooting so many threes and lack of production on the block and not being able to get to the rim. I really fear that once we start conference play we are going to struggle and take a step backwards.

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