Playing once again without forward Marcus Thornton, the Georgia Bulldogs couldn't survive some patches of anemic basketball, falling 67-50 to South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia.
Freshman Yante Maten got only his second career start, responding with 3 points and 6 rebounds. J.J. Frazier once again paced the scorting for the Bulldogs, putting up 16, though 11 of them came on an 11 of 13 effort from the free throw line. He was only 2 of 6 from the field, which was par for the course for the Red and Black on this afternoon. Georgia's shooting was unredeemably terrible, 22% from the field and 17.6% from 3 point range. That helped them squander a slim 42-33 rebounding edge. While Georgia managed to claw back within 8 with 11:00 left, they never got closer. Part of the problem was that the Classic City Canines hit only 4 field goals in the entire second half, a performance that is really hard to explain and perhaps a little tougher to excuse.
Nobody shoots particularly well on the road, but sheesh. This one was a stinker almost from whistle to whistle. After playing some really hard-nosed basketball over the past week the Bulldogs played tonight as if they had other places they'd rather be and other things they'd rather be doing. Let's hope they can shake that off before their next outing, a Tuesday night trip to Rupp Arena to take on the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. Because tonight's type of road effort will yield an embarrassing loss in Lexington. Until later . . .