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.