Just like football! A chant uttered when you lose in football and then basketball. And it really was “just like football.” Leading by 10 at halftime and by as many as 13 in the 2nd half, the Georgia Bulldogs couldn’t close the deal and eventually lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 67-62.
Tonight’s basketball game felt eerily similar to the UGA-GT football game between the hedges just over a month ago. Leading by 16 at halftime, the Bulldogs fell apart defensively in the 2nd half and lost to the Yellow Jackets 45-42.
It wasn’t like the Hoop Dawgs didn’t have their chances late in the game. Georgia held a 58-56 lead with 2:20 to play, but was outscored by the Jackets 11-4 down the stretch. From that point forward, the Dawgs had 4 offensive possessions. Travis Leslie and Albert Jackson each scored on layups while Zac Swansey and Terrence Woodbury each missed desperation 3-point attempts. Woodbury’s long miss out of a timeout essentially ended any comeback attempt for the Dawgs.
The loss gives the Bulldogs a disappointing 9-6 record going into their SEC opener at home on Saturday against the Tennessee Volunteers (12:00 p.m. EST; Raycom). Following that game, the Bulldogs face the following tough 5-game stretch: at Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State, at Florida and at Alabama. Hold on, it could be a bumpy ride!