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SEC Play Is Up Next for the Crean Machine

Kristin Bradshaw / UGA Sports Communications

The Hoop Dawgs cruised to a win over a solid UMass squad on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum, handling the Minutemen 91-72 in front of a capacity crowd.

It’s Georgia’s third win in row going into SEC play, which begins Jan. 5 at Tennessee.

Key Takeaways

Big Crowd on hand: If you want further validation of the energy around the program in Tom Crean’s first year, look no further than the fans in the building. To have that many in attendance for a non-conference foe in late December speaks volumes about this fan base’s hunger for winning and the zeal that Crean has cultivated in such a short period of time.

Claxton does it again: His sixth double-double on the year - 20 points and 11 boards, included a thundering dunk to highlight an early 12-2 run to help Georgia set an early one.

Controlling the pace: Leading 43-32 at the break, Georgia kept the heat on in the second half, leading by as many as 19 points twice.

Hammonds stays consistent: Rayshaun Hammond’s poured in 18 points. He has now scored in double figures in all but two games this season.

Winning the boards: The Dawgs once again won things in terms of rebounding, claiming a 43-27 edge. Overall, Georgia ranked second nationally coming into Sunday in average rebound margin.

Quality win: UMass may be a mid-major opponent, but there’s a lot of be said about Georgia handling its business against a Minutemen team that has knocked off Providence this season. They lead their conference in scoring, but Georgia kept them below ten points for nearly the game’s first nine minutes. Georgia’s 91 points were the most given up by UMass this season other than No. 6 Nevada

Go Dawgs!