Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-----Georgia used a 16-2 run over a six minute
stretch in the second half to erase an 11 point deficit and defeat
Eastern Michigan 61-60 in the consolation bracket of the Dick’s
Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-off Tuesday at Mackey Arena.
The Bulldogs (2-1) trailed 53-42 with 8:48 left, but outscored the
Eagles (1-2) 19-7 down the stretch. After Dustin Ware’s three-pointer
with 57 seconds remaining gave Georgia a 61-59 lead, Eastern
Michigan’s Brandon Bowdry hit the second of two free throws to pull
the Eagles within one with 38 seconds left.
Georgia missed two free throws in the final 25 seconds, but Antonio
Green’s desperation shot at the buzzer came up short to give the
Bulldogs a split in their two games in West Lafayette. Georgia will
continue play in the consolation bracket with a pair of games next
week. Opponents and game sites will be announced Wednesday.
“We feel fortunate, but I’m really proud of our players because they
really had to tough this one out,” head coach Dennis Felton said.
“We came from 11 down after not having anything to feel good about,
and we certainly were losing control of the game. We stopped
settling for jump shots and found ways to get it in the paint.
That’s when we started to turn it around offensively.”
Corey Butler led Georgia with 12 points while Terrance Woodbury and
Ware each added 11. Ware came off the bench and hit four treys—all
in the second half.