Gamecocks edge Dawgs 57-56, ending UGA win streak

Freshman Kentavious-Caldwell Pope had another chance to ice a game for the Georgia Bulldogs (12-13; 3-8) tonight, attempting a three-pointer from the wing with just 6 seconds remaining in the game and his team trailing by a point.  Unlike in the Mississippi State game though, this shot caromed off of the front of the rim and the South Carolina was able to walk away with a 57-56 victory.

To be fair to KCP, he did knock down a really big three with 2:43 left in the game that tied things up at 53-apiece.

Georgia didn’t lose the game tonight because of Pope’s missed shot.  Rather, the Dawgs were extremely careless with the ball in the second half which allowed the Cocks to hang around and eventually take the lead.

The Bulldogs, who came into the game averaging a league-low 9.3 turnovers per game in SEC play, gave the ball back to Carolina 7 times in the final 10 minutes of the second half.

Prior to this horrific run of careless basketball Georgia had built up a 46-39 lead at the 9:11 mark, which was aided by a pair of Sherrard Brantley threes and a couple free throws from KCP.  However, 3 turnovers and 4 misses later the game was tied with only 4:58 left.

The other point in the game where I thought UGA failed to capitalize and pull away from USC was in the first half, when the Dawgs had bolstered their lead to 16-9 following a three-pointer from senior Dustin Ware.  Ware’s three capped off a 12-2 Georgia run, and it looked as if they might be able to open up a sizeable advantage heading into the break.

Instead, Carolina responded with a 9-2 run of their own, tying the game at 18-18 with less than five minutes to play in the half.

The performances of the UGA bigs hurt the team nearly as badly as the late-game turnovers.  South Carolina showed Georgia a gimmicky trap zone for most of the night, forcing the Bulldog guards to pass, limiting their roles in the offense.  The Georgia big men had a plethora of nice looks at the basket, but they were unable to take advantage of many of them.  Marcus Thornton, Donte Williams, Neme Djurisic and John Florveus shot a combined 8 for 27 from the floor, or  just under 30%, which is a totally unacceptable shooting percentage for a group of post players (typically coaches like these guys to make around 45%+ of their attempts considering they are usually from very close in).

Neither team had much offense tonight with Carolina making 38.8% of their attempts to UGA’s 35.1%.

USC senior Malik Cooke led all scorers with 13 points, while Georgia was led by senior Gerald Robinson, Jr., who finished with a team-high 11 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

In his post-game interview, Coach Mark Fox sounded pretty disappointed in his team.  Fox kept lamenting the fact that the UGA players appeared tired all day (during shoot-around, etc), and that their fatigue carried over into the game and the way that they played.   He chastised his team for playing weak-mindedly and for not protecting the ball.

I can’t say that I can disagree with many of his complaints.

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17 thoughts on “Gamecocks edge Dawgs 57-56, ending UGA win streak

  1. Georgia basketball just plain stinks. They are inconsistent and apparently are not being coached very well. No wonder big time prospects wont come play here cause we always suck at basketball

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  2. If Flovius can just make one of the 3 gimmees he was set up with in the first half we win the game. At least we get an extra day off before the Vandy game on Sunday.

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  3. A tough loss. Maybe we can get hot in the tournament like we did in 2008.

    What’s the word on Charles Mitchell? Has he committed anywhere?

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  4. Aaaarrrggg! Every bit of hopeful, positive feelings I’ve been bathing in for days just washed right out of my system. I they don’t want it bad enough, how can I? Pooh always said, “Think think think!” I hope we get our heads out of our Honey Pots before Sunday. Because right now, I’m having trouble giving a damn.

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  5. This was a tough one to take. losing to what should be (by a wide margin) the worst team in the league. But I haven’t a ton of confidence in this team, never knowing which set of dawgs will show up. I didn’t see the game, but from what I’ve read (and heard in the last two minutes on the radio), our frontcourt needs were painfully obvious last night in Columbia. We’d better get Mitchell or next year looks mediocre again. (Can’t believe how we will miss GR2).

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    1. Georgia is going to miss Gerald Robinson big time next year.

      He was a huge reason why UGA was so successful last season too. Obviously Thompkins and Leslie were major components, but a big reason that that team went from 5 conference wins in the 2009-2010 season to 9 SEC wins in the 2010-2011 season was largely because Georgia got a legitimate scoring point guard in GR2.

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  6. This team is so hard to watch .After two great games, the team played like nobody cared. I had the feeling throughout the game that we were not going to win. Same old problems. Fox said the team was tired. All teams are tired at this point in the season. Mildly depressed after the lack of effort. Should not have raised my expectations. If we can beat a top 20 team on the road-why can’t we beat a bottom team like SC?

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  7. These were lay-ups we were missing. I mean, I understand, it’s the SEC, which is a big step up from high school. But shouldn’t 6’8″ to 6’10” guys be able to make lay-ups?

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  8. It’s hard to believe how immature this team still looks at this point of the season. They come off 2 great wins and then go back to that sloppy crappy basketball against a team we should beat by 10. The team sometimes to me just seems careless. And even if we do get Charles mitchell I don’t think it will make too big of a difference next season after losing Ware and GR2.

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    1. Oh I think the team will be better next year if we get Mitchell. A whole host of guys will have a whole year’s worth of playing time, and that is important. I still say we will miss GR2 big time and there is no doubt that Vince Williams will really have to step up until our two freshmen guards get some playing experience. There is also the possibility that Brantley will contribute something (although I’m not holding my breath). And I haven’t written off Thornton as an offensive contributor if he can come back on good wheels. Good as he is, GR2 is not really the take charge engineer you’d like to see at the point. Sure wish we had a Rashad Wright type guy out there.

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      1. Mitchell’s Wheeler team is still alive in the region tournament (playing Walton tonight) and then on to State. I can’t imagine he makes any decisions before the post-season is over.

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  9. Was actually at the game….the inability to make bunnies and free throws was really frustrating. Also, way too many turnovers from the bigs. It appeared that we got hosed on two “no calls” on goal-tending–including one in the last minute. Did TV comment on either?

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    1. TV didn’t have a very good angle on the block at the end on GR2, but they didn’t give it much attention either. However, considering the game was broadcasted on CSS I’d expect nothing less.

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      1. For the ajc to have mentioned it as questionable leads me to believe I wasn’t alone thinking we go the short end of that. I still feel like they’ve made tremendous progress since the SEC slate started. Hopefully Vandy will come in overconfident after their throttling of Ole Miss last night and we can get another win.

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