Sophomore Cameron Forte scored a career-high 14 points, but his effort alone wasn’t enough as the George Washington Colonels defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 73-55.
The loss is Georgia’s second in a row and drops them to 6-6 overall on the season. The Bulldogs have now completed non-conference play and begin the SEC season at Missouri on Wednesday night (8pm ET, SECN).
Georgia and George Washington both started the game slowly, but the Colonels used a mini-run to take a 28-23 lead into halftime.
Then after just three minutes of the second half, the Bulldogs found themselves down by 11. George Washington later pushed their lead to as many as 21, and the Bulldogs never threatened in the second half.
Cameron Forte, who came off the bench, led the Bulldogs with 14 points and he also grabbed a team high eight rebounds. Charles Mann scored 11 points, while Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines each added eight.
Georgia finished the game shooting 46% (23-of-50). The Bulldogs only made one three-point shot in ten attempts, and were again bad from the free-throw line, making only eight of their 15 attempts (53.3%).
George Washington shot 43.9% from the floor, but made two more shots and also two more three-pointers. The Colonels got 13 more shots than Georgia at the free-throw line and they made them count (20-of-28 for 71.4%).
As we mentioned, Georgia begins SEC play next week at Missouri, and the Dawgs will be hard-pressed to win that game. Looking at the schedule, it could get even uglier with games looming at Florida and Kentucky, just to name a few.
Georgia is looking at having to finish at least 10-8 in conference play to have any shot at a postseason tournament. But that goal is highly unlikely given Georgia’s play this season.
A losing record and no postseason could spell the end of the Mark Fox era in Athens. The next two weeks will tell us everything we need to know about that.