The Georgia Bulldogs’ (6-5) five-game winning streak was abruptly snapped by the #21 Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder Saturday night.
The Dawgs managed to hang around for the game’s first 10 minutes, trailing by a score of 23-18 with 10:12 left before intermission. Unfortunately, that five-point margin did not last long as the Buffs jumped out to a 42-24 lead with 4:10 remaining before the break, following a 19-6 Colorado run.
Georgia’s Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann both hit three-pointers over the next four minutes, allowing UGA to trim to the Buff lead to 46-35 going into the half.
Colorado’s first-half 19-6 run virtually sealed UGA’s fate on Saturday. Georgia did get as close as 57-49 after a Brandon Morris three with 10:05 left in the game, but the Buffs responded immediately with a 7-0 run, taking their advantage back to 64-49 following an old-fashioned three-point play by Askia Booker.
Morris’s three ended up being the only time that Georgia was able to cut the Colorado lead to under double-digits in the game’s final 27 minutes. The Buffs cruised to the 84-70 victory with all five of their starters scoring in double-figures.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Neme Djurisic, Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann and Brandon Morris, who finished with 12, 12, 11 and 11 points, respectively.
A major factor as to why Colorado was able to keep the Dawgs at bay for much of the night once they had opened up their lead was the Buffs uncanny ability to unconsciously knock down shots from the free throw line, where the team finished a perfect 26-26 on the evening. Comebacks are hard enough to facilitate in college basketball, and they are nearly impossible when the opposing team shoots well from the charity stripe.
Georgia, on the other hand, struggled once again from the line, making only 9 of 18 attempts. Saturday night’s contest marked the 6th time this season that UGA has shot below 65% from the free throw line. On the season, UGA is hitting just under 66% of its free throw attempts as a team, which puts the Dawgs at 275th in the nation in that statistical category.
After a month of basically playing a SoCon schedule – Lipscomb and Gardner-Webb excluded – Georgia appeared a bit overwhelmed by Colorado’s length and athleticism on the glass, where the Buffs out-rebounded UGA by a tally of 34-22.
Yesterday’s game was Georgia’s last of 2013, and the Dawgs have just under a week to prep for another difficult road game next Friday at (11-1) George Washington.
Happy New Year!