Georgia Bulldogs beat Tennessee Volunteers 57-53 in OT tonight. It was a heck of a game for both teams. Georgia and Tennessee battled it out all night long. Marcus Thornton also played tonight. It was Thornton’s first game back since his injury last month. Marcus Thornton presence helped the Bulldogs beat the Volunteers. Georgia is now 10-8, 1-3 in conference play. Tennessee is 8-10, 1-3 in conference play.
Early in the game, the Bulldogs seemed to have control of the game. Tennessee did make it interesting before halftime. Jeronne Maymon of Tennessee scored 12 points and had 8 rebounds. Gerald Robinson of Georgia scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and had 5 assist. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 9 points with 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Georgia didn’t shoot well in the 1st half. Their shooting was 34.9% all night long. Both offenses missed a lot of field goals, it hurt Tennessee the most.
In the 2nd half, Tennessee started to have a shooting rhythm. But still Georgia kept finding ways to reclaim the lead. Thanks to Gerald Robinson, hit all his free throws. That also made a big difference. Both schools could have easily had a big lead and won during regulation. Tennessee scored 7 turnover points, one of the reason that kept the Vols in the game.
In overtime, Georgia scored 11 points. The Bulldogs had a bigger break in OT than they did in the 2nd half. Tennessee didn’t get any turnover points at all. Georgia on the other hand, scored 6 turnover points. Both Donte’ Williams and Nemanja Djurisic scored 4 points in OT. After Gerald Robinson nailed his perfect 4-4 free throws, the Bulldogs defense was stymied and also created a turnover. The game was over when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit his 1st free throw to make it 57-53. He was 1 for 2, but it didn’t really matter.
It was a great win for the Bulldogs, they will host Ole Miss this Saturday afternoon. Step 2 to reach the NCAA tournament is keep winning those home games. This was sweet revenge, Georgia lost to Tennessee last year with a last second shot at home on this very same date.