Georgia, coming off an eleven day layoff, looked the part of a team knocking off the rust this afternoon as they fell to UMass 72-62.
The Minutemen came out of the gate strong, going up 8-0 before the Red and Black could get on the board. Matters did not improve from there, as a turnover-prone UGA squad decided to mix things up by throwing in some poor shooting and being outrebounded this time out. Mark Fox’s squad found itself down by 19 at the half before battling back to make the final tally semi-respectable.
Yante Maten led the Dawgs in scoring with 20 points, but the story of this one really was a Bulldog team that just never got in sync. The Classic City Canines shot 35.5 percent from the field and were outrebounded 39–29 by a UMass squad they really should have dominated on the boards.
The Minutemen helped their case by shooting close to 55% from three point range, and have been a bear at home this season (now 6-0 at the Mullins Center).. But the Bulldogs did plenty to make this one easier for the hosts than it should have been.
In a season that has seen the Fox Hounds do just enough to win some early games that they would've lost in the past, this one was a clunker. A throwback to a time when Georgia teams found themselves regretting early-season losses to teams outside the RPI 100 (like this UMass squad). Georgia will return to action Tuesday night against Georgia Tech, hopefully with better execution. Until later...