Final Score: Georgia 72, SD State 61. The Bulldogs move to 3-0 on the season. A 21-6 second-half run made the difference, turning a seven-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Donte’ Williams led four Georgia players in double figures with 17 points, the most any Bulldog has scored in a game this year. Nemanja Djurisic keyed the second-half play with 12 of his 14. The Dogs have the weekend off and return to action next Monday. Game recap to follow. Thanks for following WUOG Sports.
Georgia 68, SD State 58; 1:41 left in 2nd–SD State not helping themselves with so many missed free throws. Georgia getting balanced scoring with four players in double figures. The Dogs will most likely get to ice this game from the line.
Georgia 66, SD State 55; 3:24 left in 2nd–Largest lead of the game. Nemanja Djurisic is having a great half, scoring 10 of his 12 in the second, most of them on open lay-ups. It’s so much easier for Georgia when they get out on the fast break for easy scores.
Georgia 58, SD State 51; 5:08 left in 2nd–Williams has 13 now and is going to the line to shoot two. Bulldogs finally doing what they should have been the entire game: getting out on the break after a defensive rebound. Ware finds Robinson for an easy lay-in.
Georgia 52, SD State 46; 9:09 left in 2nd–Georgia on a 21-8 run and has done it by denying the paint in the last few minutes. The Bulldogs have effectively taken Prince and Wolters out of the game and are forcing more turnovers.
Georgia 48, SD State 44; 11:30 left in 2nd–Georgia going with the mindset that, if you shoot enough threes, eventually a few of them will go in. Caldwell-Pope has hit three triples and Sherrard Brantley’s trey gives Georgia its largest lead of the game.
SD State 40, Georgia 38; 15:12 left in 2nd–Forget shooting woes; both teams have come out firing in the second half. SD State extends their lead back up to seven, but Georgia ties it up at 38 before Chad White hits a tough lay-up to give the Rabbits the lead again.
Second half is underway. It’s a 20-minute game now.
If you’re Georgia (and none of you are), you have to use your athleticism and attack the paint in the second half. Settling for threes is exactly what SD State wants you to do. Go with some pick-and-rolls and force the issue. On defense, stay in front of Wolters and don’t allow him to penetrate. The Rabbits’ passing has been just average; make them beat you with good ball movement, not open lay-ups. And, for heaven’s sake, box out. SD State had 13 second-chance points in the first half. Don’t allow them multiple opportunities to score.
Halftime: Georgia 29, SD State 29. Both teams shoot around 32% in the first half, but the offensive play was much better in the last few minutes. SD State has been causing Georgia all sorts of problems on the offensive boards, and Prince has led the charge. He’s up to a game-high 13 points, and his put-back at the first-half buzzer sent both teams into the locker room all tied up. Wolters has played a pivotal role as well. He’s having little trouble getting by his defenders and cutting to the rim for easy lay-ups or kick-outs to open shooters. He has 10 points. Williams and Caldwell-Pope both have eight points, while Robinson has seven.
Georgia 22, SD State 22; 2:10 left in 1st–Gerald Robinson is slowly breathing some life into the Georgia offense. He’s scored the last 7 Bulldog points. Prince continues to play well for the Rabbits and leads all scorers with 11.
SD State 16, Georgia 10; 8:50 left in 1st–Despite their superior size in the post, the Bulldogs are allowing a lot of open space to the basket. Nate Wolters with two quick uncontested lay-ups. Largest lead of the game for either team. Coach Fox takes a 30-second timeout to talk things over.
Georgia 8, SD State 6; 11:38 left in 1st–The Bulldogs continue to try their luck from three with poor results. Donte’ Williams leads the team with four points. At the other end, Taevaunn Prince, a 6′3″ freshman from Canada, has been the best player of the game thus far. He has five points and three offensive rebounds. Coach Mark Fox going with mass substitutions, much like hockey lines.
SD State 3, Georgia 2; 15:17 left in 1st half–Ugly game so far as both teams struggle to find their offense. Georgia has a height advantage down low but has not tried to exploit it. The Bulldogs are 0-3 from downtown.
And we are underway in Stegeman Coliseum…
Starting lineup for SD State: G–Nate Wolters, G–Brayden Carlson, G–Chad White, F–Griffan Callahan, F–Tony Fiegen.
Starting lineup for Georgia remains unchanged through three games: G–Dustin Ware, G–Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G–Gerald Robinson, F–Marcus Thornton, F–Donte’ Williams.
Senior guard Gerald Robinson and freshman guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are the co-leading scorers in the early season for the Bulldogs at 13 points per game apiece. Sophomore forward Donte’ Williams grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds over the weekend against Wofford and will lead Georgia’s extremely young frontcourt.
Good evening, Bulldog fans. Ken Nasse here to blog tonight’s game between Georgia (2-0) and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (1-0) of the Summit League. This game is part of the 2011 Progressive CBE Classic that includes 12 teams competing in four different regions, with three teams in each region. The host teams are Georgia, Cal, Notre Dame, and Missouri. The Bulldogs won their first game in the tournament, 63-54, over Bowling Green on Sunday. The tournament will move to Kansas City next week for the semifinals and finals.
This is the first ever meeting between the Bulldogs and the Jackrabbits. The only time that Georgia has ever played a current member of the Summit League was back in 1980, when they beat Oral Roberts, 81-65.