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Hoop Dawgs Lose 79-68 to Miami

Will Morrison

Mike White and the Georgia Bulldogs flew down to the Bahamas to compete in the Bahamas Championship Tournament. The tournament includes Miami, Providence, and Kansas State. 

The Bulldogs started the game against Miami great. They held an 8-point lead over the Hurricanes with 11 minutes left to go in the half due to Blue Cain scoring 7 straight points. Miami then came firing back to close the Georgia lead and then grew a 10-point lead of their own with just over 2 minutes to play. That lead stayed the same as Miami went into the half 39-29. UGA did not make a basket from the floor in the last 5 and a half minutes. Freshman guard Blue Cain was a bright spot for Mike White in the first half. He scored 10 points, with 2 baskets coming from downtown. The Bulldogs shot 33.3% (10/30) from the floor and 35.7% (5/14) from the three-point line. They kept turnovers to a minimum through most of this one but had 5 turnovers late in this one to help Miami grow their lead. Another downfall for Georgia was allowing the Hurricanes to grab 6 offensive rebounds, which allowed for a few easy baskets. Miami shot the ball very similar to UGA, shooting 35.1% (13/37) from the floor and 27.8% (5/18) from three, but got to the free throw line more. 

The first play for Georgia in the second half was a miscommunication turnover for UGA, where Melendez threw a pass to Demery, but it went straight out of bounds. That was the story for Georgia through most of the remaining 20 minutes. Miami grew their lead to 20 points and kept it that way until the Bulldogs came firing back with 5 minutes to go. They cut the Miami lead to 10, but couldn't get any closer, as they lost 79-68. UGA finished the game with a field goal percentage of 36.7% (22/60) and a three-point percentage of 29.0% (9/31). Free throw shooting continues to be a struggle for Mike White's squad this year. They missed 8 from the line, while Miami made 18 of 19. Turnovers also played another huge role in this game, as Georgia had 14 in total. When you miss 22 threes, you're not putting yourself in a position to win, but adding double-digit turnovers and bad free shooting is not a recipe for success. The guard play for the Dawgs this year has been good, but the big men for Georgia have been slacking. Russel Tchewa was a big get for UGA in the portal, but he's yet to look like the player Georgia thought they were getting. There's still a lot of season left for the Dawgs to improve. 

Mike White had 3 Bulldogs score in double figures. Noah Thomasson continues to be a great scorer for UGA. He knocked down 3 triples and finished with 14 points. Blue Cain shot the ball well in this game, shooting 7 of 11 from the floor for 18 points. Jabri Abdur-Rahim couldn't find his normal lights-out three-point shot but did finish the game with 13 points, making 8 free throws. 

Georgia's record is now 2-2 on the year, but they return to the floor again when they face the loser of Kansas State and Providence. That game will tip off at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday on CBS Sports Network. 

Photo Courtesy of SEC Media Portal



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