The Bulldog mens basketball team fell 80-73 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tonight, starting slowly and finishing only a little better, to secure their first four game losing streak to the North Avenue Gnats in over 50 years. Nema Djurisic led all Bulldog scorers with 18 points, followed by 12 from fellow forward Marcus Thornton.A career high 22 points from sophomore Quinton Stephens paced the Jackets.
As has often been the case under Mark Fox, one of the main issues, especially early on, was shot selection that just didn't make a whole lot of sense. Georgia attempted some ill-advised three pointers, especially early in the shot clock. The Bulldogs did make some progress as the game progressed, especially as they began getting the ball inside to Thornton and Djurisic who scored the ball fairly well against a big Jacket front line. Promising freshman Yante Maten played 15 minutes, scoring only one basket. While he shows potential, it's clear that he's going to need to develop physically before taking a spot in the starting lineup.
Georgia actually outscored the home team in the second half, but could never quite get closer than 6 points away, and never erased a 10 point halftime deficit. The 'Dawgs will next be in action Tuesday night in Athens against Stony Brook, winners of a 57-56 game tonight against the Lions of Columbia. Here's hoping they work on offensive and defensive execution in the interim, and avoid one of those early season losing efforts against a lesser opponent that ultimately doomed their tournament chances last season. Until later. . .