The Georgia basketball team went into Knoxville and came out with a big win, beating the Tennessee Volunteers 76-75. This loss could be a huge set back for Tennessee, who is on the NCAA bubble.
The Georgia Basketball team had a shake up with the starting line up. Mike Edwards and Tyree Crump was inserted into the starting 5. Crump was named the starting point guard and did a lot of the ball handling, freeing J.J. Frazier to run without the ball and get open. It was Crump’s first career start and the freshman took advantage, scoring 13.
It was a back and forth 1st half. Junior forward Yante Maten watched most of this game from the bench due to foul trouble. Juwan Parker brought a huge lift from the bench. He started a 6-0 run early I’m the 1st half. Tennessee had a 36-34 lead at the half, largely because of freshman Grant Williams. Williams lead the Vols with 12 points in the first half. J.J. Frazier and Parker lead UGA with 9 points each.
Tennessee looked to have taken control of this game. The Vols went on an 8-2 run within the first 2 minutes of the 2nd half to take a 44-36 lead over Georgia. Then, Maten drew his 4th personal foul with 16:25 left in the game. Only 8 seconds later, Coach Mark Fox drew a technical. That technical foul was a great move by Coach Fox. It gave the Dawgs some energy that they needed because they were trailing by 14. Midway through the 2nd half, this felt like a one-on-one pick up game between J.J. Frazier and Grant Williams. These two were fun to watch down the stretch. Georgia finally tied the game at 58 with 8:21 left in the game. Maten returned with 5:34 left in the game, but fouled out 18 seconds later. He had 7 points. Georgia lead 73-71 when J.J. Frazier proved he was cold-blooded. He drove the lane, hit the floater, and was fouled. He hit the dagger free throw that would ultimately send Georgia back to Athens with a win.
Player of the Game
This easily goes to J.J. Frazier. Although Grant Williams scored 30 for Tennessee, the Dawgs needed all 29 they got from Frazier, 20 came in the first half. Frazier took over that game in the 2nd half. The way he took over would remind you of an old school Allen Iverson.
Tennessee will travel to Lexington on Tuesday to play the Kentucky Wildcats.
Georgia plays host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Tuesday.