As Coach Mark Fox’s backcourt goes, so goes Georgia (6-6).
And things did not go very well for the Dawgs on Friday night in the nation’s capital against George Washington (12-2).
Sophomores Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines combined for just 19 points on 7 of 21 shooting from the floor, leaving UGA without many scoring options on the road against a quality opponent. Other than a spectacular performance off the bench by reserve Cameron Forte – who tallied 14 points and 8 rebounds in only 13 minutes of play – Georgia had only one other player eclipse the double-digit mark in scoring (Mann ended up with 11 on the night).
While the Dawgs certainly did not play at an extremely high level for the first 20 minutes, the game was tight heading into the break, with the Colonials leading 28-23. However, Coach Fox’s team could not overcome their carelessness with the basketball, turning it over a total of 20 times in Friday’s contest. George Washington capitalized on UGA’s sloppiness in the second half, converting 14 points off of Georgia turnovers.
The Colonials pushed their advantage out to 39-29 with 16:15 remaining in the game following a Kevin Larsen free throw. Georgia failed to cut the lead below double-digits for the rest of the night, and GW cruised to the 73-55 victory.
George Washington was up by as much as 21 points after a pair of free throws from Maurice Creek with 3:24 left, but then Coach Mike Lonergan pulled in the reigns for the game’s waning minutes by emptying his bench to give the backups some charity time.
Kethan Savage led all scorers with 18 points, and his teammate Maurice Creek chipped in 15 as well.
Sadly, UGA only held the lead once in this game – for about 26 seconds following a bucket from Marcus Thornton. But then GW’s Maurice Creek cruelly snatched it right back for his team, knocking down a jumper to put them up 8-7 with 16:13 remaining in the first half.
As conference play approaches, Georgia has still yet to win a game against an opponent from a larger basketball league, dropping contests to Georgia Tech, Temple, Nebraska, Colorado and George Washington. UGA’s ineptness when playing against these bigger schools does not make this season’s SEC schedule seem very inviting.