Hoop Dawgs send Maroon Dogs Home

This is Decatur Dawg staying up late to blog a big win.

Georgia’s two All SEC (2nd team) members, JJ Frazier and Yante Maten, led the Hoop Dawgs to a 79-69 win over Missy St. in the first round of the SEC Tournament.  JJ finished with 28 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 8-8 free throws; while Maten posted 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.    .

The Dawgs came out playing aggressively on offense with Maten, Mann and Ogbeide taking it strong to the basket for buckets in the early minutes.  Maten executed a sweet spin move away from a double team for a left-handed hook that tied the game at 17 at the 11:00 mark.  JJ Frasier then got hot and Maten even made a 3 pointer before halftime as the Dawgs went to the break with a 42-34 lead.

JJ Frasier opened the second half on fire with two threes.  Then a JJ assist to Maten on a break that started with Maten’s block put Georgia up by 16, 57-41, with 15 minutes left.

From that point the Dawgs lost some focus and were flustered by the Maroon’s pressure defense.  Missy State slowly got back in the game as Georgia struggled through a 6 plus minute stretch without a field goal.  Georgia’s lead was down to 4, 72-68, at the 4 minute timeout.

Georgia effectively kept Maten out of foul trouble by playing zone defense for most of the game.  Down the stretch, the Dawgs switched to man defense and held State to just one point over the final 4 minutes while blocking several shots to hold on for the 10 point win.

The “good Dawgs” made a sustained appearance for about 20 minutes in the middle of the game.  Time to get some rest for South Carolina in tomorrow’s nightcap.  The Gamecocks will have plenty of motivation, but so will the Dawgs.

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