Colorado too much for Georgia, beat Dawgs 84-70

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!

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6 thoughts on “Colorado too much for Georgia, beat Dawgs 84-70

  1. Forced to catch this one by radio. Beyond the sorry free throw shooting, and the uninspiring rebounding, I’m tired of the misses from close range. Its been a repetitious theme for too long. That and the unforced turnovers. I’m usually filled with boundless hope when the BB Dawgs play, but I’m down right now. How ’bout for once we at least put up a good fight. Close wins against lesser opponents, and drubbings by quality teams has gotten VERY old.

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    1. Without a true inside presence on offense, Georgia remains an average basketball team that cannot compete with the top-tier teams consistently. More or less the same story as the past two seasons.

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      1. Hoop, Do you think a coaching change will be made this year? Rumor is that Former UCLA coach Howland is interested. Continued lack of improvement usually means a change in coaching. Fox is hard to defend at this point. Loses continue with no effort to make lineup adjustments. Foul shooting is awful and no rebounding-that’s on the coach.

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        1. As far as coaching changes go, your guess is as good as mine. If there is a change, I would prefer the next coach be one with power conference experience – like Howland – rather than another mid-major guy.

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  2. hoopdawg – You hit it on the head. And the fact that we have no recruiting class next year with just one scholarship is beyond depressing. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. I thought this was the right hire and boy I was wrong. Where is the coach that made a name for himself because of his intensity and fire? He has become boring and I just do not get it. It is becoming hard to fork over 1000+ dollars a year to support this. A change must come. I’m hoping that maybe the plan is to make sure we have an interested coach before letting the one we have go. I hate talking this way before conference play but this has been beyond painful especially when I look at the NBA box score every night and KCP is starting for the Pistons. NBA starter on your team and we did not make the NIT. Sad…….

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