The long winter of the Georgia men's basketball season came to its inevitable inglorious ending in a 74-57 home loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldog hoopsters' fall to 5-11 in conference play earned the Red and Black the sixth-place seed out of the Eastern Division, setting up a rematch between the 'Dawgs and the Hogs in the opening round of the S.E.C. tournament. If Arkansas registers a second straight win over Georgia, Dennis Felton's squad will finish the campaign with a 15-15 ledger and no postseason berth in sight.
Both teams shot about equally as well from beyond the arc---Arkansas went five for 17 in three-point tries, while Georgia went five for 18---but the Razorbacks did more with their shot advantage from the field than the Bulldogs did with their greater number of free throws.
The Hogs hit over 40 per cent of their 72 field goals, whereas the 'Dawgs made just shy of 37 per cent of their 57 shots. The Red and Black took more trips to the charity stripe (19 to the Razorbacks' 15) but made fewer free throws (10 to Arkansas's 11). The 10 points tallied by Billy Humphrey made the freshman the only Georgia player to finish in double figures.
Coach Felton summed up Sunday's game with the observation, "We never were as aggressive as I had hoped today. We were just not playing with as much energy as I would have liked."
That's about the size of it.