Saturday, February 9, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.—Georgia survived a late 8-0 run by Texas A&M to secure its fifth straight win, beating the Aggies 52-46 Saturday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia’s current five game winning streak is its longest since the 2001 season.
Sophomore Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (12-11, 6-4) with 13 points. Sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points, all from the free throw line.
“Well that was a slugfest, really a physical game, a hard fought game, both teams really defending,” said head coach Mark Fox. We had a lot of respect for Texas A&M’s defense coming into the game. They guarded us very well, and I thought our defense was pretty solid from start to finish. Our kids were hungry and made enough plays to win it, but give A&M credit for playing super hard.”
Georgia raced out to a 12-3 lead, holding the Aggies (14-9, 4-6) without a field goal until the 12-minute mark. Despite Caldwell-Pope being held to just two first-half points, Georgia took a 25-16 lead into halftime after holding Texas A&M to 18 percent shooting in the half.
After leading by as many as nine in the second half, the Aggies pulled to within three, 35-32, with an 8-3 run that ended with nine minutes left in the game. Georgia responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a Sherrard Brantley three-pointer, to go up 43-32 with six minutes remaining.
With the Bulldogs up 50-40 with a minute remaining, Texas A&M scored eight straight points, but Caldwell-Pope hit two free throws with 17 seconds to secure the win.
Nine different players scored for Georgia.
“We’ve just found more guys that score the ball,” Fox said, when asked what has changed over the last five games. “We don’t have a designated second gun, but we had a lot of guys scoring tonight. We’ve become a pretty solid team on the offensive end when we play together and every one does their job.”
Georgia outrebounded the Aggies 37-33 and outscored Texas A&M 23-8 off the bench.
Georgia returns to action Tuesday night against Alabama at 9:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.