Dawgs get second road win of season

Georgia got what it needed on Saturday night in Starkville: a win.

For just the second time this season, UGA won a game away from Athens, boosting its overall record to 14-9 overall, 7-5 in the SEC.  More importantly, the Dawgs avoided what could have been their worst loss of the season as the Maroon Dogs entered tonight’s game with an ugly RPI of 164.

Coach Fox’s team won tonight’s game with defense.  The Dawgs played matchup zone for  a majority of the night, limiting Mississippi State to just 31% from the floor.  Missy State entered this contest with the 3rd best shooting percentage in the conference in SEC games at over 45%; yet, Georgia managed to hold them in check, contesting shot after shot.  UGA also did an excellent job of securing their opponent’s misses, out rebounding State by a tally of 45-35.  The Dawgs have the best defensive rebounding percentage in the SEC in league games, and tonight was no different as Georgia hauled in 75% of the Missy State misses.

The Maroon Dogs were led offensively by Quinndary Weatherspoon, who netted 17 points. The team’s leading scorer, Gavin Ware, finished with only 6 points, nearly 10 below his SEC average.

UGA closed out the first half with an 11-4 run, capped off by a Yante Maten jumper that sent the score to 32-21 going into the break.  Maten, who finished with a game-high 25 points, scored 15 of them prior to the intermission. He was unstoppable this evening, scoring on an array of layups, hook shots, and midrange jumpers.

Georgia began the second half with an 11-2 run, and after a pair of free throws from none other than Yante Maten, the Dawgs’ lead had blossomed to 43-23 with a little over 17 minutes remaining in the game.  From this point on UGA coasted, leaving Starkville with the 66-57 victory.

Charles Mann played arguably his best game of the season, scoring a season-high 21 points, six of which came on a pair of three-pointers.

Freshman Derek Ogbeide got the start tonight at the five spot, a position that has been somewhat of a revolving door for the Dawgs this season. While Ogbeide only netted 4 points, he did grab a team-high 13 rebounds.

The Dawgs have two days off before they returning to action on Tuesday night in Athens for a big time showdown with the Florida Gators.  Both Florida and Texas A&M lost today, putting UGA in a four-way tie for 4th place in the conference (with Vanderbilt being the other 7-5 team).

The contest with the Gators could have huge SEC and NCAA tournament ramifications.

 

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8 thoughts on “Dawgs get second road win of season

  1. Way too many turnovers but otherwise a splendid effort. I agree with hoopdawg—this was a must win just because the Maroons’ RPI is so bad.

    There’s blood in the water and it’s the Gators’ blood. Let’s hope for a monster effort on Tues. 7-5 and tied for fourth sounds good but 8-5 and alone in fourth would be even better. GO DAWGS!

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  2. I hate to sound like the grinch after a nice road win but at about the 11 minute nark of the second half, after we had been scoring almost at will, we took our darn feet off the gas and started being more deliberate, apparently looking to run clock. As a result, we were suddenly out of synch offensively and took a while to scratch again, allowing MSU an 11-0 run. Damn, a better team than MSU (say Florida) might have gotton all the way back into this one. Yeah, we were up by 22 when deliberoball began, but I am throughly sick of this strategy and, if it was coming from the bench, Fox is not learning from this team’s previous stall-ball mistakes. Eleven minutes is way too long a time to try to salt games away by running clock, Keep the darn hammer down when things are flowing offensively!.

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    1. I have to agree with you. Kind of like what Mr. Richt used to employ when he was up big, the team would play not to lose. That strategy lost us quite a few games and it could’ve haunted us last night.

      Solid game from the team. That was the best played game from Mann I can remember (except for some late game turnovers). It was awesome to see Maten exert his will against state.

      Is anyone a little worried about JJ? He was shut down by UK and he was just off last night. Other than his sole three, his shots weren’t even close. If we even want to compete against UF of Vandy, we’re gonna need all hands on deck.

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      1. I’m less worried about J.J., who has always been a streaky shooter, and more concerned about one of our Senior leaders, Kenny Gaines. He had zero points in this contest and has scored 8 pts and 7 pts in the two prior games. He seems to be struggling with confidence issues and I hope that he gets in a groove at Home vs the Gators. How about that dunk by Geno?

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  3. Just saying it again. The second half scoring drought with a lead (you can almost set your watch by it) is not a new development this year. Fox teams at Georgia have regularly had long second half stretches with few or zero points. I don’t have the answer, but Fox & Friends are the ones paid to figure it out.

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