Georgia basketball: Stats that decided Georgia’s win over Arkansas

Georgia basketball defeated Arkansas at home Saturday 99-89. The Bulldogs improve to 15-14 overall and 5-11 in SEC play.

Georgia basketball continues its great season ending run, this time defeating Arkansas at home 99-89. The Bulldogs have now won three of their last four games. They host Florida this Wednesday and end the season at LSU next Saturday.

Georgia opened the game with a 14-0 lead, led by 18 at the most in the first half, and were ahead 47-39 at the break. Arkansas came back in the second half and trimmed the lead just one-score several times, but the Razorbacks never took the lead. After Arkansas cut the score to 83-82 with 2:45 left in regulation, Georgia outscored the Razorbacks 16-7 in the final 151 seconds to put the game away.

Six players in double-figures

Georgia couldn’t ask for a better game offensively. Six players scored at least 10 points with Anthony Edwards leading with 26 points and Rayshaun Hammonds following him with 22. Tyree Crump came off the bench to score 14 points, Jordan Harris and Sahvir Wheeler had 11 each, and Toumani Camara added 10.

Georgia didn’t excel in just one mode of scoring. The Bulldogs drained 10 three-pointers with Crump making four. Edwards and Hammonds made three each. Georgia had several highlight-film layups includings Edwards’ drive through the Arkansas defense for a monster dunk, and Harris’s steal and fast break dunk. Hammonds, Harris and Camara each had thunderous putback dunks and Wheeler sunk a few unbelievable drives in the paint.

Nothing Arkansas tried on defense worked very long. The Razorbacks would slow down Georgia long enough to cut into the lead, but not long enough to take the lead for itself. Georgia always found a gap in the Razorback defense to exploit for a basket, and the one-score leads quickly grew back to multi-score leads.

Plus-11 in Rebounds

Arkansas finished the game with just 29 rebounds as a team and its leading rebounder (Desi Stills) only had six. Georgia, had 40 rebounds and four players had at least seven boards. Hammonds and Harris had nine rebounds each while Edwards and Camara pulled in seven each.

13 of Georgia’s rebounds were offensive and three led to putbacks. It’s hard to lose when you dominate the boards so handily. But Georgia has beaten its opponents on the boards several times this season, including in losses. The difference this time, Georgia cashed in offensive boards for 17 points, failing to score on just five offensive rebounds.