Six Georgia Bulldogs scored in the double digits, led by Anthony Edwards’ 29, as Tom Crean’s team downed the Citadel 95-86 tonight in Athens.
Edwards got off to a slow start, not sinking his first field goal until the 3:41 mark of the first half. But his 19 second half points helped ice things against the visitors from Charleston. Every Bulldog starter hit double digits scoring, and freshman guard Sahvir Wheeler chipped in 10 off the bench to key a balanced attack. While Georgia never really pulled away, the Red and Black also never trailed on the night.
In many ways the game was the mirror image of so many games lost during the Fox era, when turnovers and cold shooting were a sure recipe for a UGA loss. While Georgia trailed slightly in field goal percentage (49.2% to 45.8%) and rebounds (43 to 36), the ‘Dawgs forced 22 turnovers including 13 steals. The Athenians turned those steals into 16 points,
The ‘Dawgs only shot 24% from 3 point range, and in another departure from the Fox era of stiff defense, allowed the cadets to shoot 42% from beyond the arc and to get to the basket unbothered a few times. But the Hoop Hounds have scored 90+ points in each of their contests this season, something they did only four times in all of 2018-19. That’s an encouraging sign.
The Bulldogs will host Delaware State in Athens on Friday looking to start 3-0 for only the third time since 2011. Until later...