The Georgia Bulldogs continued their stampede through the Southern Conference, dismantling the UT-Chattanoonga Mocs in Athens on Monday night 87-56, marking the beginnings of UGA’s first win streak of the 2013-2014 season.
While tonight’s win does improve the Dawgs to 3-1 against the SoCon and 3-4 overall (yes, Georgia has yet to beat a team from outside the SoCon), anyone who watched this game could clearly see that Chattanooga did not offer up much resistance.
In the first half, the Mocs implemented a press that seemingly failed to cover anyone near the opposing basket, which Georgia attacked willingly. UTC cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-9 on an Eric Robertson three-pointer with 13:02 left before intermission, but this moment was as close as the Mocs would get to catching up.
Rather, UGA exploited the porous UTC press and scored on a flurry of wide-open dunks and lay-ups. After nearly 10 minutes of play, Georgia had reeled off a 25-8 run, taking a commanding 42-17 lead following a J.J. Frazier lay-in with 3:27 remaining in the half.
For the remaining 20-plus minutes, Coach Mark Fox played a slew of various lineups as his Bulldogs cruised to an 87-56 home victory.
Georgia had three players finish in double figures with Neme Djurisic, Juwan Parker and Kenny Gaines scoring 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively. UGA had a total of 13 players record points on the night, giving a lot of guys the opportunity to get some regular season minutes.
Offensively, Georgia shot over 50% from the floor en route to scoring a season-high 87 points as a team.
Coach Mark Fox got another solid defensive effort out of his team, limiting the Mocs to just 56 points on under 30% shooting from the field – though, one cannot help but wonder if the Dawgs improved defensive play over the past two games is a credit to this team’s effort or just a case of facing offensively-challenged opponents.