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Dawgs dismantle #8 Vols in front of sold-out crowd

January 24, 2010
Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins and co. put on a show in Stegeman coliseum tonight as Georgia came out of the gate with their hair on fire and got their first real signature win under coach Mark Fox. A sell-out crowd was present as the Dawgs finally got what had escaped them 3 times in their past 3 games, an SEC win (and their 2nd win over a ranked opponent this season).

And man did they look good doing it. The Dawgs ended up winning by 15, but led by as much as 21 and held the lead the entire game, never letting Tennessee getting closer than ~10 points. UGA shot 56.3% on FG’s, were 3-5 on 3 pointers and outplayed UT on the glass, 35-24.

Before you think “Tennessee just didn’t show up,” consider the following quotes:

I thought we played hard. This wasn’t that we weren’t handling success. We didn’t get beat because we came in here overconfident and didn’t respect the opponent. We got beat by a better team today. It was clear.” – Bruce Pearl

We got smashed, we got beat horribly on the rebounds. …It was just the fact that it felt like they wanted it more.” – Kenny Hall

You know you’re going to lose a game on the road in the SEC. There won’t be a lot of people who win [in Athens]. I’m certain of that.” – Bruce Pearl

I’m beginning to be more certain of that, also. With every game, Mark Fox looks more and more like an outstanding hire. And the fans! The fans showed up! We need that, people. We need you there for home games. On a night like tonight, the crowd factors in to the momentum as much as anything else, and our crowd was rocking the whole night. I heard someone compare it to games back in the Harrick days. Tonight gave you a glimpse of what UGA basketball can be.

Georgia next faces off against Florida at the O’Connell center on Wednesday night.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. RANDY DUBOSE permalink
    January 24, 2010 10:00 am

    FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN TO A BASKETBALL GAME IN ATHENS IN ALONG TIME. IT WAS GREAT . CAN,T WAIT TO GO BACK.

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