The Georgia Bulldogs had the ball, leading 52-48 with only 2:37 remaining, on the verge of blowing a lead over Texas A & M that had blossomed as high as 17 points at one point in the game’s second half.
The Dawgs’ fearless leader – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – received the ball on the wing, shook off a defender and calmly buried a three-pointer that sent his team up by 7 points.
Georgia wasn’t completely out of the woods yet though, leading 55-52 with less than a minute to play. In another critical possession, Charles Mann missed on a floater with 27 ticks left, but thankfully UGA big man Donte Williams was there for the tip-in that put Georgia up 57-52, icing the Bulldog win with only 26 seconds remaining.
As aforementioned, UGA held a 48-31 lead with less than 10 minutes to play. However, over the next 8 minutes the Dawgs went just 2 for 9 from the floor and turned the ball over to the Aggies on 3 possessions. Yet when the wheels were coming off, Georgia’s leaders took charge and made the necessary plays to allow the Dawgs to walk out of College Station with a 59-52 conference victory.
If you are a UGA basketball fan, then you can’t help but like this team. Earlier in the week, Georgia put up a solid fight in a losing effort to the #7 Florida Gators, a team that had beaten the Dawgs by almost 40 points a week earlier in Gainesville.
Tonight’s road victory against A & M shows that these guys have definitely not given up on the season.
The Aggies’ backcourt played well, with Elston Turner and Fabyon Harris scoring 19 and 13 points, respectively.
But the player that stole the show in College Station on Saturday night was KCP, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 2 steals. When the Dawgs were teetering on the brink of total collapse, Pope nailed a clutch three-pointer that was critical in his team’s victory.
This win puts Georgia at 2-4 in league play, and it provides them with a very realistic chance of getting to .500 in the SEC by this time next week with upcoming games against Auburn and South Carolina.
As long as KCP is donning the Red and Black, Georgia should be a competitive basketball team.