Frazier’s 37 points lead Georgia to its 4th SEC victory

J.J. Frazier couldn’t have picked a better game to set a career high in scoring.  With Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann, Neme Djurisic and Marcus Thornton all turning in sub-par performances, Frazier hoisted the Dawgs up on his little back and carried his team to a 72-66 road victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs, scoring 37 points in the process.

Missy State had multiple chances to tie the game, down 69-66 with 54 seconds left, but the Maroon Dawgs failed to convert, missing a dunk and an open three-point attempt.  J.J. came away with the long rebound after the missed three, and he was immediately sent to the free throw line, where he iced the game after knocking down a pair to send the score to 71-66 with only 26 ticks remaining on the clock.

UGA found themselves down early in this one after State opened up a 17-9 lead following a free throw from Craig Sword with 12:21 left before intermission.  The Dawgs looked out of sorts offensively from the onset, letting the other Bulldogs’ defensive pressure disrupt their offensive flow.

Frazier helped to settle his team, though, connecting on all three of his three-point attempts before the break, which enabled UGA withstand MSU’s initial punch and take a 36-31 lead into the break.

Georgia looked in total control coming out of the half, opening up a 46-34 advantage with 16:46 remaining in the game.  But Missy State wouldn’t go away, keeping the UGA lead in single digits before they finally closed the gap to 63-61 with 3:18 left after a three-pointer from Fred Thomas.

Had it not been for Frazier’s remarkable play, Georgia would not have stood a chance in this one.  The Dawgs were outrebounded 42 to 32, and the Maroon Dawgs took 15 more shots from the floor than Mark Fox’s team.  Frazier finished 12 of 14 from the floor, and he hit all 7 of his shots from beyond the arc.  He also managed to snare 7 rebounds, tying Marcus Thornton for the team-high in rebounds for the game.

While it is frustrating to watch Thornton, Djurisic and Mann all completely tank on the same night, Coach Fox and the UGA fan base have to be satisfied with an SEC road win.  Georgia has now won four-straight in conference play, and they are looking more and more like a legitimate contender for the league title.

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7 thoughts on “Frazier’s 37 points lead Georgia to its 4th SEC victory

  1. Late in the game I was shocked when Frasier missed a crucial free throw! Not to my surprise however, JJ hopped right in among the trees and claimed the rebound and then buried the next two crucial free throws! I’m pretty sure I saw his cape fly up and there was indeed an “S” underneath! He did it all! The Bigs all struggled and the rebounding couldn’t have been close! Thornton seems to have the Michael Thompson syndrome all of a sudden! ( He moans to the ref if he encounters any contact! He will have to just keep playing and not worry about the refs! Big road win for the Dogs!

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    1. Great visual….Super JJ! Every game, someone different steps up to take over. Congrats to all for not freaking out with the early hole nor when the Maroons had a nice comeback at the end. It is great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

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  2. Before we cast Mann and Neme aside, lets remember that we rebound much better with Neme taking up space down low and no one other than JJ can bring the ball upcourt against pressure except Mann. Mann is also fulfilling a different role playing at small forward where he is expected to play as a slasher. He needs to look for passing options when he cannot fully penetrate rather than trying to bull his way to the hoop, picking up maddening charging fouls. It is obvious that other teams are simply laying for the charge when the ball is in his hands. Learn to look for passing options Charles!!!

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  3. Is there a source for top single-game performances, beyond just single-game records? (It’s easy to find that Ronnie Hogue holds the single-game scoring record with 46 points, but what about a list of 30-point games?) All I can say about JJ is that the room I was in was exhuming the ghost of Bernard Davis about midway through the second half, but then JJ kept going and going….

    Neme does seem to have hit a rough patch offensively, coinciding with what I’ve perceived as a higher usage rate for Thornton. Much as I appreciate Marcus, I’m ready for that pendulum to swing the other way a little.

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    1. I will always remember Katu Davis going off for 36 points versus North Carolina for the Bulldogs. We lost that game, but I have always remembered that performance.

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