Georgia bounces back with a 59-57 win over Texas

When Derek Ogbeide’s lay-up off of J.J. Frazier’s airball was waved off by the officials with 7.8 seconds remaining, it felt like Georgia (13-8) was destined for more Saturday afternoon heartbreak.  Two weeks ago the Dawgs lost in overtime at Florida, and last week UGA blew a 9-point lead in the final two minutes to Texas A&M.  “Here we go again” had to be in the back of the minds of the fans inside Stegeman.  Even though Georgia showed Texas full-court pressure, the Longhorns still got the ball inside to their center Jarrett Allen, who shot a potential game-tying, last-second hook shot.  The ball briefly flirted with the idea of going in before eventually popping back out, and the Dawgs earned a much needed 59-57 home win that snapped a two-game losing streak.

The turning point in this game came right at the start of the second half, when Shaka Smart had his Texas (8-13) team take the floor in a man defense.  The Dawgs ate it up, feeding the ball to Yante Maten, who took advantage of going against just one defender and scored 4 points during an 8-0 UGA run that erased the Longhorn’s 32-23 halftime advantage.

Georgia played pretty well defensively throughout in this one.  It was the UGA offense, however, that was Jekyll and Hyde-ish on Saturday.  Smart’s decision to come out in man seemed curious since his Texas team had frustrated the bejesus out of the Dawgs before the break using primarily a 2-3 zone.  Georgia tried to shoot over the Longhorn zone, and that didn’t turn out too well for Mark Fox’s team as they mustered only 7 field goals prior to the intermission, none of which came from anywhere other than the paint.

1st half shot chart: UGA’s shots are the red ones, and all those empty circles represent clunkers that the Dawgs tossed up from the outside.

But back to the second half.  The Dawgs’ offense became much more efficient as Georgia started actually knocking down open shots.  UGA followed up a 29% first half shooting performance by making a robust 52% of their shots after the break.

Mark Fox got key contributions from numerous players. Jordan Harris canned a pair of three-pointers.  Juwan Parker, who was forcing it a bit before the break, hit two big shots from the baseline late in the game that helped preserve the UGA lead.  Yante Maten, who led all scorers with 21 points, put the ball in the basket on a critical possession with less than a minute remaining to bolster the Dawgs’s advantage up to 59-56.

Georgia could have folded, but it didn’t.  The Dawgs managed to hang on and found a way to win, although Frazier certainly tried his best to make it interesting on UGA’s final possession when he took a highly contested baseline runner over two Texas defenders that air balled and ultimately resulted in the previously mentioned shot clock violation.

Hopefully this game helped to restore a little of Georgia’s confidence, which had to be hurting after the drubbing that Alabama put on this team on Wednesday, because boy are they going to need it.  On Tuesday night, UGA heads to Lexington to take on a feisty group of Cats that are now in the midst of a two-game losing streak of their own.

6 thoughts on “Georgia bounces back with a 59-57 win over Texas

  1. A great win in front of a big crowd. Nice contributions from Harris and Parker in the second half. Frazier had an up and down day. Made some big shots but missed badly on some others. He let himself get trapped at half court near the end. Would have been a bad turnover. Ogbeide needs to figure out how to stay out of foul trouble. He contributes.

    When Edwards and Kessler are on the floor together, you just have to close your eyes till it’s over.

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    1. I guess any win is a good win when you are a Georgia hoops fan, but we barely won at home over arguably the worst team in the Big 12. The crowd rarely got into it because it was a poorly played game by both sides. Our lack of perimeter shooting is going to make it very tough for us over these last 10 games. LSU at home is the only game left that’s hard to imagine us losing. JJ needs to someone regain his stroke from the perimeter if we are going to pull off an upset or two.

      The UK game on Tuesday night is going to be a bloodbath. No way they overlook us after losing their last two games. They’ll probably outscore us by 30 behind the arc. The following game at SC is more winnable since it will likely be an ugly, low scoring game. Speaking of ugly, lowing scoring games, I saw a stat at the end of the game yesterday indicating that UGA is 6-0 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and only 7-8 when opponents score 60+. That’s not good.


        1. After another soul crushing loss tonight, I’m sure Fox will say all of the right things about “being so close to turning the corner”. I know the players are hurting – they gave it their all tonight. You certainly can’t fault the effort. That said, the bottom line is it’s just another moral victory. This could have been a huge run of games for UGA that solidified our position as one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the SEC and as a sure NCAA tourney team. Instead, we’ve lost 4 of 6 games, including the last 3 on the road. What were the chances that we’d lose at TAMU, at UF and at UK when we were leading in all of those games inside the final minute. Just brutal. One defensive stop, one rebound or one made shot in the closing moments of those games and we are riding high right now. If, if, if – the mantra of the UGA basketball fan. What did we do to deserve such cruelty? I’m staying positive, alright…positive we’re headed to the NIT.


  2. Hoop Dawgs sitting at #53 in the RPI. We actually have an under-the-radar but pretty good collection of top 70 road wins: Tech (65), Auburn (60), Ole Miss (69).

    Now we are about to play by far the hardest stretch of the season with four games against the top 4 SEC teams all in a row and 3 of them on the road. The home game vs Gators is must win. If we could steal a road win vs Kentucky, SC or UT we are looking good.


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