Just Like Football: Dawgs Swat Tech
Photo: John Kelly/UGA
By: Joshua Grosh
Just a few days removed from an ugly loss, Georgia recovered and dominated it’s instate rival Georgia Tech. Like football this year, Georgia pretty much dominated Georgia Tech. A somewhat close game at half time – and then a complete shut down by Georgia in the second half. Georgia outscored Georgia Tech in the second half 44-25 and holding Georgia Tech shooting just 36.7% inside the arc and an amazing 15.4% outside the arc (amazing given that weakness against UMass). Georgia offensively exploded as well. Maten lead the charge with a dominating 24 points – for reference, the second highest scored was Hammonds who only scored 11 points. The major difference maker this time was that the points were more spread out and even being made from behind the arc. In fact, six Dawgs scored at least 8 points and seven players scored from beyond the arc forcing GT to concede the interior to an already on fire Maten. Georgia made 58% of its shots inside the arc and 47.4% on the outside. It was like many of Georgia’s wins from this season, steady shooting, decent threat from the three-point line, and a pretty good defensive performance. The last game Mark Foxx attributed some of the poor performance to an 11 day off time between games and its seems this game likely backed up his statements as Georgia began to perform like they had this season to get the win.
Top Players for Georgia:
Yante Maten: 24 points, 10-14 shooting overall (9-13 FG, 1-1 3PT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 fouls.
Derek Ogbeide: 9 points, 4-6 shooting overall (4-5 FG, 0-1 3PT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 foul – great defense.
Rayshaun Hammonds: 11 points, 5-8 shooting overall (3-5 FG, 2-3 3PT) 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 fouls.
Georgia’s next game will come Friday the 22nd at 1:00 P.M. inside Stegeman Coliseum. Temple is 7-3 on the season and is an underdog coming into Friday’s game (by only 1.2%). This could be a strong win to propel Georgia into a tough SEC schedule with some confidence.