Sorry I missed writing about this yesterday, but as you know, Georgia defeated South Carolina Saturday afternoon 66-61, equaling their SEC win total from last year, with six games to play. This was a close game, one which the Dawgs came from 10 down with nine to play to win. The Dawgs held conference player of the year candidate Devan Downey to nearly 10 points below his confernce game average and hit the shots they needed to down the stretch.
Overall, this was a completely different team than we saw last Wednesday night in Auburn. Jeremy Price hit clutch free throws and the Dawgs made nine straight in the last 2:09 of the game. Tompkins put up a double double, as well.
Hustle, effort and smart ball play makes this Georgia team very dangerous at home. There was a time in the middle of the second half where the Dawgs were going into their old habits of lazy passes and trying to play too cute. That is when they went down 10. Fox calls a timeout, has a quick come to Jesus, and the Dawgs clamped down on defense, slowing South Carolina's run. After another time out at the 6 minute mark, the Dawgs came out determined to win, as evidenced by the hustle to the boards and willingness to put up open threes that had been lacking earlier in the second half. It was over when Tompkins hit the backboard three to pull within four at the five minute mark and Gamecock coach Darrin Horn called a 30 sec TO. From then on, Dawgs outscored SC 16-7, with the last nine coming from the free throw line.
The Dawgs travel to Tennessee on Wednesday night.
- Georgia Topples South Carolina - Georgia Sports Blog
- Execution fails USC in final minutes - The State