Georgia 91, Florida 104: FINAL
Florida wins the top and gets out to a two-point lead. After a Georgia turnover, Florida extends its lead to four. After another turnover, a three by Chandler Parsons makes it a seven point game with three minutes left. Parsons drives the lane after another turnover and Florida has a nine point lead.
Leslie with a three-point play and it is a six point game with two minutes left. Parsons scores his seventh straight point and the Gators have an eight point lead. Georgia calls a timeout with 1:39 left. After another Georgia turnover they are forced to foul Florida. Parsons make one, and Florida gets the rebound and Georgia is forced to foul again. Three by Brantley makes it an eight point game with one 54.5 seconds left, Georgia fouls the Gators.
Walker makes both free throws and the Gators are up 10. Georgia can’t answer and the Gators are to the line again with a 10-point lead with 42.2 seconds left. This game is over. Tough loss for Georgia and they’ll have to get re-focused for their next game which won’t be any easier. They have to go to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats. More postgame commentary in a bit, off to the coaches’ press conferences.
Georgia 85, Florida 85: End of First Overtime
What a game this is. Florida wins the tip but comes up empty. Jermey Price with a slam and then a three by Florida makes it 76-75 Gators. Three for Georgia rims in and out, Leslie with the block on the other end and answers with a put back and the Dawgs lead 77-76. Timeout Georgia. The whole place is standing, I have never seen Stegeman like this before.
Macklin with the putback, Gators lead by one. Another three by Ware rims in and out. Great drive by Robinson gives Georgia a one-point lead. Florida answers right back. What a game. Great move by Price gives Georgia a one-point edge at 81-80. Florida timeout with 1:05 left. Dustin Ware fouls out and Florida is at the line with 49.9 seconds left. Florida holds a one-point edge after making both free throws. Sherrard Brantley to the line shooting 1-and-1. Makes the first one to tie it, and makes the second to give the Dawgs the edge.
Florida comes up empty and they are forced to foul Georgia. Thompkins to the line shooting 1-and-1 with 23.1 seconds left. Thompkins misses the first, Florida calls a timeout, and they are down 83-82 with 20.4 seconds left. Florida turns it over and fouls Georgia. Jeremy Price to the line with 6.7 seconds left. What did I say at halftime, you HAVE to make these free-throws. Sinks the first one, Florida without a timeout. Makes the second one, Florida with the three with one-second left to tie it up. Georgia timeout. Off to the second overtime, and at least five more minutes to this thriller.
Georgia 73, Florida 73: End of Regulation
Two Free throws by Dustin Ware make it a four-point game. One minute remaining. Down four, the Dawgs are running out of time. Florida up four, and at the free-throw line with 35.8 seconds left shooting 1-and-1. Missed the first one and Georgia calls a timeout, 28.0 seconds left. Huge three by Robinson makes it a one point game with 21.3 seconds left, Florida at the line after a Georgia foul shooting 1-and-1. Makes the first one and Georgia is without a timeout. Second one is no good, Dawgs only need two. Put back by Thompkins as time expires puts this game into overtime. Five minutes left in this thriller.
Georgia 66, Florida 72: 2:04 left in 2nd half
Huge three by Leslie and then after a charge drawn by Chris Barnes this place erupts in chants of “UGA, UGA,…” Georgia hasn’t done any better from the free throw stripe as Thompkins goes 1-2 to make it a three point game. A quick three by Erving Walker gives Florida a six point lead. Jeremy Price gets fouled and makes both free throws to bring Georgia within four. Both teams go back and forth and Florida calls a timeout. Heading to the last television break, and Florida leads by six. Florida ball coming out of the last commercial break.
Georgia 58, Florida 65: 6:33 left in 2nd half
The Bulldogs aren’t out of this and there is alot of basketball left. Mark Fox calls a time-out, the Dawgs trail by seven, 65-58. Vernon Macklin leads the Gators with 19, and Trey Thompkins leads the Bulldogs with 17 points. It’s gut check time. The Dawgs trail the Gators by seven and the game is still in reach. They need stops and they need to take advantage of every offensive opportunity. I HATE ROCKY, what does he have to do with basketball. I have never cheered this, and never will.
Georgia 54, Florida 60: 8:37 left in 2nd half
Georgia has struggled on the offensive end to start the second half and the scoreboard has shown it. Sloppy play right now for the Dawgs. They have scored 11 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half. I’ll save my opinion on SEC basketball referees for another time. Thompkins gets much needed points to decrease the Gators’ lead to six. Timeout Florida.
Georgia 52, Florida 59: 11:43 left in 2nd half
Chris Barnes goes 1-2 from the free-throw line after a good call by the referees. Great play under the basket by Leslie pulls Georgia within three at 53-50, Florida answers right back to give them a five-point lead. Another Great play by Leslie makes it a five-point game again. Florida has a seven point lead and will look to extend it with a free-throw coming out of the commercial. Georgia can’t let this game get away them. They need to keep it under control. Have to get points, and they have to make stops.
Georgia 47, Florida 53: 15:22 left in 2nd half
Thompkins starts the half with a mid-range jumper to give the Dawgs a 4-point lead, but Florida answers right back. Hightlight reel alloy-opp to Leslie makes it a 4-point game again. Florida scores on the next two trips to tie it up at 45. Quick 6-0 run by the Gators but a lay-up by Thompkins ties it up at 47. Two three’s by Erik Murphy gives Florida a six-point lead. 14-6 run by Florida to start the second half.
Georgia 41, Florida 39: Halftime
The Dawgs and Gators have both gone on runs, but the other team has answered them. This game is going to come down to the wire.
Here are some of the key stats of the first half. The most telling stat is second-chance opportunites. Georgia holds a 17-4 advantage. But Florida is in this game because of 12 points of turnovers to Georgia’s four.
Georgia has a 24-14 rebounding edge with the Bulldogs having nine offensive rebounds. Kenny Boynton leads the Gators with 13 points. Trey Thompkins leads the Bulldogs with 11 points. Georgia has been able to stay in this game because they are shooting lights out from beyond the three-point stripe hitting four of five attempts. Florida is 1-6.
There wasn’t much defense in that half, and the Bulldogs had 10 turnovers. Florida is 12-17 from the free-throw line and Georgia is 5-10. The Bulldogs need to shoot a higher percentage in the second half in order to win. Both teams reached the bonus in regards to fouls. Georgia had 10 and the Gators had nine.
This should be an exciting second half, and an important one as well. The Dawgs lead 41-39.
Georgia 37, Florida 33: 2:26 left in 1st half
Florida gets it right back to five following a free-throw and a second chance opportunity. Quick 7-0 run makes it 30-29. Georgia is now in the bonus for the rest of the half. Georgia is 4-5 from three point territory but 5-9 from the foul line. Great play by Barnes makes it 33-29, but he missed a gimmie. Florida now in bonus after Georgia’s seventh team foul. Thompkins with a rare air ball. Both teams have come out throwing jabs with neither team being able to put the other one away. Timeout Mark Fox and now a television timout. Florida ball coming out of the break.
Georgia 30, Florida 22: 7:58 left in 1st half
By far the best game of Jeremy Price has played all year with six points and he his contoling the offensive board. Georgia leads 30-22 and they are outrebounding Florida 16-6. Florida headed to the free-throw line following the commercial break.
Georgia 28, Florida 22: 8:52 left in 1st half
Three by Dustin Ware gives Georgia a two point lead, Boynton answers with a lay-up and it’s 20 all. 12-4 run gives Georgia a two point lead again, but Florida answers right back. Great drive by Thompkins and makes it a three-point play with a made free throw, Dawgs up three. A three by Thompkins blows the roof off this place and Georgia is up 28-22, Florida calls timeout.
Georgia 17, Florida 18: 11:30 left in 1st half
Bench warning issued to Georgia. Florida has taken advantage of poor play by Georgia, and some questionable calls by the officials. Georgia has done a good job of offensive rebounded and second-chance opportunities. There isn’t much defense getting played in this game, but their is plenty of fouling. The teams combine for nine fouls. Big three by Vincent Williams to get it within 1 at 16-15. Georgia and Florida traded baskets and the Gators lead by one. Florida to get the ball coming out of the television break.
Georgia 7, Florida 11: 15:12 left in first half
Georgia gets off to a sloppy start with four turnovers in the first couple minutes. Florida has taken advantage of them. Georgia trailed 9-2 to start the game, but a three by Leslie and and Robinson made it 9-7. But Florida answered with two and are headed to the free-throw line. Kenny Boyton leads Florida with seven points.
The stadium is about 90% full and the student section is packed and it is rocking. Here are tonight’s starting lineups for the nationally televised game on ESPN.
F- Jeremy Price
F- Trey Tompkins
G- Travis Leslie
G- Gerald Robinson
G- Dustin Ware
F- Chandler Parsons
F- Alex Tyrus
F- Vernon Macklin
G- Erving Walker
My name is Mike Reiter and I will be providing in-game analysis for the SEC matchup featuring the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators. You can also find me on my own website at SportswithMike.com
The Bulldogs come into this game with a record of 14-4 and they are 3-2 in the SEC. The 23rd ranked Gators come in at 15-4 with a 4-1 record in the SEC.
This is an important game for both teams in regards to getting into the NCAA tournament.
The Bulldogs probably need this win more because they face a tough opponent in Kentucky this upcoming Saturday. But the Gators wouldn’t mind stealing one from the Bulldogs in Athens.
Tip off is at 7:00 and the game is being televised on ESPN.
For Georgia to win this game they need to win the rebound battle, something they have failed to do in their losses.
Another key for the Bulldogs will be getting the ball into the post to Jeremy Price and Trey Tompkins, but Gerald Robinson and Travis Leslie are threats outside of the paint.
If the Bulldogs can rebound well, and not turn the ball over, then the Bulldogs will win their fourth game in the SEC tonight.