Tale of Two Halves: Georgia Knocked-Out in the Second Half
Photo: AJ Reynolds
By: Joshua Grosh
This was a game of day and night. First half, it was all Georgia. Georgia was giving #17 ranked Auburn all they could handle and even had Auburn so out of sync that they could barely get anything going. Georgia even led by 14 points – then, came the dreadful start to the second half. There is no other way to say it. It was down right ugly. Georgia could not score a basket if they had their lives on the line and Auburn began to play like a team possessed – going on a 28-4 run against Georgia from the start of the second half. Georgia looked like it gave up. It is simply inexcusable to go without a field goal for 12 minutes straight. There are no kind ways to say it, but Georgia got sucker punched right out of halftime and just wouldn’t respond. It was flat footed on offense and spread out on defense, they then got sloppy on offense on top of turning it over 6+ times within the first 11 minutes. Georgia just completely fell apart. They did not even make a field goal once in the second half until there was 6:35 left in the game, ending what was basically a 33-5 run with none of the 5 points being field goals. Then, Georgia found some life they got off the mat and finally began swinging back – but it was not enough. Georgia continue to crumble and turn it over constantly to solidify Auburn back to a double-digit lead. It was too little, too late and Georgia was buried back again. Honestly, if you’re Mark Fox, you may have to just burn the film and just forget this game ever happened because there was nothing redeeming about this game. Georgia must to regroup and has to find a consistent player outside of Yante Maten – because this team cannot go to the tournament without another threat.
Top Players for Georgia:
Yante Maten – 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3-9 shooting, and 11-12 free throws.
Rayshaun Hammonds – 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2-3 shooting, and 6-6 free throws.
Georgia will return to the friendly confines of Stegeman Coliseum to play Arkansas in hopes of correcting some horrendous mistakes to keep tournament hopes alive.