UGA Basketball

Dawgs Bomb No. 8 Tennessee 78-63

The Georgia Bulldogs, led by new head coach Mark Fox, needed a big SEC win at home and got one against Tennessee. The Dawgs led by double-digits almost the entire game and demolished no. 8 Tennessee 78-63.

Trey Thompkins led Georgia with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. He was 9-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc.The Bulldogs are now 9-8 overall and 1-3 in the SEC.

Travis Leslie had another monster game filled with highlight reel windmill dunks, acrobatic shots and amazing passes. Leslie finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Tennessee led 4-2 until 17:23 remaining in the first half when Ricky McPhee hit a three-pointer to give the Dawgs a 5-4 lead. Georgia would never trail after that point and built up as much as a 24-point lead over the Vols.

It’s amazing what a new coach and new system has done for these Hoop Dawgs. Under Dennis Felton, the Dawgs played decent defense but could never create an identity on offense. Mark Fox has changed that culture. The Dawgs play with a purpose on offense working out of the triangle and create a lot of open looks at the basket. Georgia is also dominating on the glass and points scored in the paint.

Mark Fox also helped change a few other things on Saturday. The Dawgs beat the Volunteers for the first time in the last 10 games, beat a Top 10 team for the first time since Feb. 14, 2004 (no. 8 Kentucky) and Stegeman was a sellout for the first time since Feb. 7, 2007 (Florida).

When Mark Fox was hired, most people hadn’t heard of him and scratched their heads. After beating Illinois, Georgia Tech and Tennessee and putting a scare into Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, it’s obvious the Dawgs have been blessed with a fine basketball coach. Finally!

On Wednesday, Georgia plays at Florida (14-5, 3-2 SEC). The game will be televised by CSS and at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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