The only thing ragin’ inside Stegeman Coliseum tonight was the Louisiana-Lafayette coach as he watched his team toss up clunker after clunker from the floor.
Tonight’s contest between the Georgia Bulldogs (6-3) and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cagins (8-3) was definitely not the MOST exciting UGA game I have ever witnessed. The Ragin’ C’s threatened at times, but for the most part, Coach Mark Fox’s team held a comfortable lead in this one, though it certainly wasn’t a blowout.
Early in the second half, UL-Lafayette got to within a basket after Frank Bartley knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 40-38 with a little over 17 minutes remaining. The Dawgs woke up, however, and quickly went on an 11-3 run that was capped off by a J.J. Frazier layup that sent UGA up 51-41.
Georgia played poorly to close out the first half, and then they opened up the second playing sloppy as well. Before the break, Coach Fox’s team watched a 38-23 advantage slip to under double-digits by halftime after Justin Miller scored 6 quick points. Miller, who finished the game with 17 points, netted all of the Cagins final 12 points heading into the intermission.
The Dawgs started off the second half with a pair of turnovers by Frazier, which enabled Lafayette to cut the lead to 40-38. Georgia won the game 73-60, but it wasn’t an incredibly uplifting effort.
The highlights of the night for UGA had to be Juwan Parker’s season-high 14 points and Yante Maten and Derek Ogbeide’s tenacity on defense. Parker looked the best he has looked offensively all season, knocking down 7 of his 15 attempts from the floor.
Maten notched a double-double, netting 18 points and 15 boards to go along with 5 blocks. Ogbeide led the block party though, swatting 6 Lafayette shots to go along with his 13 rebounds and 9 points, nearly missing a double-double himself.
The only other UGA player to eclipse double-digits in scoring was Frazier, who scored 15 points to go with his 6 assists, but he gave the ball away a team high 5 times.
The Ragin’ Cagins, who had racked up a season-high 117 points earlier in the year against Panhandle State, did not shoot it well inside Stegeman. Lafayette connected on less than 29% from the floor, with their only saving grace being from beyond the arc, where they sunk 8 three-pointers. The Cagins’ ability to knock down three’s kept them relatively close for much of the night.
Freshman Jordan Harris earned his first start of the season, which began well as he scored 4 quick points from the free throw line. He committed two turnovers in his minutes that followed, and Harris didn’t see the floor at all for most of the second half. Georgia’s other freshman, Tyree Crump, did not see the floor.
The Dawgs return to action this Saturday when they take on the mighty Charleston Southern Buccaneers.