Georgia comes up short against Temple

I am going to assume that the final play of the game was not run exactly how Coach Mark Fox drew it up in the huddle during the last Bulldog timeout.

I cannot fathom a scenario in which Fox instructed senior Donte Williams to launch a deep three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds with Georgia trailing 83-81. However, that is exactly what transpired on the court in Charleston, and UGA fell to another team – Temple – fresh off of a three-game losing streak (two of which were to Kent and Towson).

Even if the final Bulldogs’ possession was not executed properly, one has to question why Coach Fox would select Donte Williams – a player who had never attempted a shot from beyond the arc in his four-year career – to be the recipient of an in-bounds pass with only 3.5 seconds remaining in the game. To me it would appear much more logical to have the ball in the hands of one of your team’s guards or three-point shooters, especially with the severe lack of time on the clock.

Regardless, Williams’ shot blasted off the glass and UGA just missed pulling off a nice come from behind win.

Georgia reclaimed lead in this game for the first time since the 10:32 mark in the first half on a driving lay-up by Charles Mann, putting the Dawgs up 81-80. But Temple junior Will Cummings, who finished the game with 17 points, answered immediately, nailing a three that turned out to be the game-winner.

The Bulldogs showed a lot of heart to even be in a position to win this game following an extremely lackadaisical first half. After surrendering 92 points to Davidson on Thursday, UGA looked ready to let Temple bust the 90-point barrier again this evening. Coach Mark Fox’s team lacked intensity in the game’s first 20 minutes, and the Owls tallied 45 points before the break.

Fortunately, the Bulldog defense tightened up after intermission, limiting Temple to just under 23% from the floor for the remaining 20 minutes.

Georgia was led offensively by Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann, who scored 21 and 19 points, respectively.

The Dawgs also enjoyed the return of sophomore Brandon Morris, who settled in and scored all 8 of his points in the game’s second half (all of which came via slashes to the basket). Morris replaced Cameron Forte after the break – it was unclear whether Forte was injured or just being punished by Fox for his poor first half defense.

Tonight’s loss means that UGA will play Nebraska Sunday afternoon in a game in which both teams will be attempting to avoid finishing dead-last in the Charleston Classic.

While the Dawgs do appear to be equipped to score some points this season, they haven’t looked as if they can stop anyone on defense – Georgia has allowed more than 80 points in each of its last three games.

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6 thoughts on “Georgia comes up short against Temple

  1. Another bad season ahead should have made changes at the end of last season so we could rebuild with a core group of guys. But this team looks like another poorly coached mark fox team with no hope in recruiting or new comers in the future. I’m getting absolutely sick of them never being ready to play seems like they always get out played and dang we lost to georgia tech again. You know I know this program don’t have much history to fall back on but that’s no excuse for not playing hard or getting out rebounded by a Davidson team that was much smaller then us but they had a better coach they believed and just wanted it more. I didn’t get to watch this temple game but if donte Williams shot the last 3 it doesn’t surprise me that’s just how coach fox teams play. CAN’T EXECUTE. This program is dead and going no where time for an upgrade I can’t be more frustrated. Oh and btw we lost a recruit to UAB now think about that is that how far this program has sunk?

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    1. There should be no doubt that Mann, Gaines and Morris should be on the floor for 30 minutes. Substitution hurt early when we were up 15-5. Momentum killer. Two consecutive turnovers late in the game by a freshman really hurt. Donte should not have been in the game at the end-he is a poor ball handler. Frazier is not ready for prime time-nothing happens when he is in there. We show flashes of being able to compete-we have to have the right guys playing together. We play too many guys at the wrong time.

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  2. Yep, another season, another Davidson-sized hole to dig out of. It’s the same every season. We are not ready to play our early slate of games. With the lack of overall talent, we can’t afford CMF taking two months to figure out who his best lineups are.

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  3. Mann, Gaines, and Morris are the best team of players I have seen in a long time. I wish Morris would have been available to play day one. I think it would have made a major impact to the win – loss record to this point. If they can cut down on the turnovers and continue to take advantage of new foul rules it could be a good year.

    On a side note I was stuck in Atlanta traffic listening to the radio broadcast and they had Bobby Cremins on asking him questions about basketball when the conversation turned to Fox. He had nice things to say about Fox as a person, but did not say anything about him as a coach. Into that obvious void Chuck Dowdle then made a comment about how all the seniors were getting diplomas while Fox has been here. Cremins responded to say that there are a lot of out of work coaches who graduated all their players, but did not win games. It was a harsh response but a reality.

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