Georgia falls on road to No. 4 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Georgia men’s basketball team fell to No. 4 Tennessee by a 70-41 margin on Wednesday evening before 19,802 inside Thompson Boling Arena.
The Bulldogs (13-7, 3-4 SEC) were unable to get their shots to fall, finishing the night converting just 29% of their field goals. Terry Roberts led the team in scoring with 11 points and five rebounds, while juniors Jabri Abdur-Rahim and Justin Hill each notched eight points.
“We got off to a great start, I liked our rhythem and confidence level offensively,” said head coach Mike White. “They responded in a big way and made their run. They spread it out mid-first half. You can’t win on the road in this league, especially against one of the best teams in the country, with 20 turnovers. … We got to learn from this and move forward. We have 11 opportunities in front of us.”
The Bulldogs began the game with the opening two baskets and held a lead heading into the first media timeout, but the Volunteers (17-3, 7-1 SEC) came out of the break and went on a 9-0 run to claim a 13-6 advantage. Two 3-pointers from Abdur-Rahim put Georgia within two points with just under 11 minutes remaining in the half.
However, Georgia would go on a scoring drought thereafter, unable to make another field goal until Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe put down a huge dunk in transition. Roberts put his first bucket in at the end of the half, putting the score at 35-22 in favor of Tennessee heading into the locker room.
After a pair of free throws from Hill, Tennessee would start the second frame by scoring eight consecutive points. The Bulldogs responded with a turnaround jumper from Roberts and a layup from Abdur-Rahim to cut the deficit to 15 points.
Just under the eight-minute mark, Roberts used a pair of dribble moves to get a pass off to Hill on the wing, who then dished it back to the senior, knocking down an open 3-pointer and making his first of the night. Abdur-Rahim would follow up the triple by getting to the rim and converting on a layup.
Another large run on the offensive end from the Volunteers down the stretch would put Georgia down 27 before Roberts was able to cash in on another 3-pointer. However, the deficit would prove to be too large for the Bulldogs, as the team dropped their fourth game of the year in conference play.
Georgia will return to conference play on Saturday as it takes on South Carolina inside Stegeman Coliseum at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs hold a 32-22 advantage over the Gamecocks when playing in their home arena.
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