It was a day of milestones in Stegeman Coliseum this afternoon as Mark Fox notched his 100th career Bulldog victory and Nema Djurisic eclipsed the 1000 point mark for his career, all while the Red and Black claimed their 15th win of the season.
The Classic City Canines (15-7, 6-4) shot a blistering 55% from the field (21-of-38), and hit 7 of their 16 attempts from 3 point range (44%). The Vols did force 20 Bulldog turnovers (a season high, or low depending upon one's perspective). But the Creamsicle contingent couldn't turn the extra possessions into points, shooting only 35.7% from the field. Josh Richardson, the Vols' leading scorer, was held scoreless until the final 30 seconds of the contest, and he finished with just 2 points on the day. Richardson was an anemic 1 of 13 from the field, joining Missouri's Johnathan Williams as the second SEC hoops player to post a 1-for-13 effort on the season. SEC basketball. It's fantastic.
A noteworthy piece of great news for Bulldog fans (and Coach Fox) was the return of Marcus Thornton, back in the starting lineup following a concussion. Thornton played a solid 26 minutes on the day and put up 8 points and 4 rebounds, not bad numbers for knocking the rust off. Georgia also committed a stingy 12 fouls on the day, tying their season low achieved against Norfolk State on January 3rd.
The 'Dawgs will return to action Wednesday night when they head to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The Ags currently stand at 15-6, 6-3 in the SEC, and sport a 33 RPI. In short, it's the kind of game that could really buttress the Bulldogs tournament hopes, and perhaps boost seeding if in fact the Hoop Hounds go dancing. Until later . . .