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Hoop Dawgs Downed by Tigers On The Road

Will Morrison

UGA fell to the Auburn Tigers tonight 94-73. 

Mike White's team was attempting to do something they hadn't done since 2017- Sweep the season series against the Tigers. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers in Athens 76-64 back in January, but tonight’s contest got away from UGA in the first half. 

The only time Georgia led in this game was when they were up 2-0. After that, Auburn led the rest of the way. The Dawgs kept it close until Auburn went on a 17-0 run in the first half, blowing the game wide open. Auburn was led 42-24 and was beating the Bulldogs 23-14 on the boards at halftime. In the first half the Tigers shot 45% from the field while UGA only hit 7-22 shots from the floor. Auburn's Johni Broome had a double-double in the first half alone with 13 points and 12 rebounds. 

The big difference in this game was the run Bruce Pearl's team put together in the first half. The Dawgs and Tigers traded short runs in the second half. If Georgia had avoided the 17-0 run Auburn put together midway through the first period, they may have found themselves in a closer game down the stretch. Auburn scored 52 points in the second half to UGA’s 49. The Dawgs finished the game shooting 44% (23-52) from the field, while Auburn finished at 56% (36-64). Turnovers also played a role in the loss, with the Bulldogs having 13 to the Tigers 5. Auburn made Georgia pay for their miscues by securing 20 points off of their turnovers. 

Bruce Pearl's team finished with four players in double figures, Wendell Green Jr. had 18 points, Allen Flanigan finished with a career-high 22, Johni Broome had 19, and former Georgia guard K.D. Johnson finished with 13. 

Georgia's top two playmakers, Terry Roberts and Kario Oquendo, struggled throughout, combining to make just 4-13 shots and score only 17 points. The lone bright spot on offense for the Bulldogs was senior guard Mardrez Mcbride. Mcbride finished with 20 points and 3 assists, making 6-8 shots from behind the arc. This is the second game in a row in which Mcbride has made with 5 or more three-pointers. 

The overall record for Mike White’s first UGA team is now 14-8 and 4-5 in the SEC. Georgia has hit a rough patch lately, losing four of its last five outings. Despite that, UGA’s record represents a vast improvement for a team that went just 6-27 under Tom Crean a year ago. 

Georgia's next game is at Texas A&M on Saturday. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm on SEC Network. 



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