Coach Mark Fox-”I thought that was a really hard fought game tonight. Coming in I felt like UAB might be the best team we have played all year. They play extremely well together and we knew this would [be a] real test. They are a team that is going to win 20+ games this season. We knew they would make a second half run and they did just that. I was pleased that our team was able to answer late and come out with the win”
Trey Thompkins, on debuting at home-”It was great. The intensity that the crowd brings helps us so much. Sometimes we need that sixth man to lean on and we could lean on them tonight.”
Jeremy Price, on his post play-”Once I saw my team was looking for me a lot, I just had to deliver. I did what I could in the post.”
Wow, what a game, what a win. Players and coaches will never admit how “important” a game is, but us media people will. This was an important game for Georgia. And not only for an NCAA resume. If they have any plans competing or winning in the SEC, you need to be prepared to grit victories out. Even with an abysmal second half offensively, the Dawgs were still able to win out. Admittedly, those aren’t the best wins, but you’ll take ‘em.
-Although Trey Thomkins went down pretty hard after the Robinson lay-up, he says he’ll be fine. Just landed on his hip wrong. Emphasis on hip. Not ankle. Sigh of relief.
-Thompkins, Price, and Robinson led the team in scoring with 20, 14, 13 points respectively. Honestly, while Trey’s 20 were important, I think Price’s were equally, if not more impressive. Cameron Moore is 6-10 and Jeremy Price is 6-8. However Price was easily bodying Moore up and getting easy points in the paint, including those two free-throws at the end. While obviously Thompkins, Robinson, and Leslie are vital parts of the offense, Price needs to contribute as well. Especially on nights when the former guys are struggling (Leslie had 4 points).
-While Leslie was lackluster offensively, Coach Fox gave him a lot of credit on the defensive side and I would have to agree with him. Leslie split time guarding Aaron Johnson with Robinson and both did a great job, limiting Johnson to 4-9 from the field and forcing 6 turnovers from the somebody who averaged 9 assists per game. Johnson had 3 the entire game.
-After only going to the line once in the first half, they visted the charity stripe eight times in the second half, going 7-9 for the game. While that’s not nearly enough times, credit the Dawgs for hitting their freebies. Sort of.
-A big concern from here is obviously the Dawgs inability to play a complete game. Georgia was outscored by UAB 32-23 in the second half and once again showed low effort coming out of half-time quickly losing a thirteen point lead to three. Thompkins admitted he was a bit winded, and I’m sure the same can be said about the rest of the team.
Alright, I’m out guys. See you next week when Georgia travels down to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech.