Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Georgia men’s basketball team dropped a 92-82 contest to No. 25-ranked LSU Wednesday evening at the Maravich Assembly Center where the Tigers have won 18-straight including 11 this season.
Georgia outshot LSU, the SEC’s third-best offense in scoring and field goal percentage, 53.6-percent to 50-percent and kept pace in most statistical categories, however the difference boiled down to turnovers. The Tigers cashed in 17 points on 17 Bulldog turnovers, while Georgia managed seven points off eight LSU mishaps. The Bulldogs’ 82 points were tied for their most in conference play, but Georgia fell to 9-9 overall and 1-5 in SEC. Meanwhile, the Tigers improved to 15-3 overall and stayed undefeated in conference play at 5-0.
“The overall assessment was too many turnovers, not enough defensive activity, and they turned those turnovers into baskets,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “We wanted to put a lot of pressure on Tremont Waters [game-high 26 points] and he played the game without a turnover. We want to play him as a passer more than anything else, but we did fight. We have to figure out that we can score against these teams and not wait until the second half, but we did that. We were competitive in the sense that we were trying to do the right thing, but communication for us is still a huge aspect to improve on.”
Sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds guided the Bulldog offensive attack with 18 points, 15 of which occurred in the second half. Aiding Hammonds was fellow sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Chipping in 10 second-half points, senior forward Derek Ogbeide finished with 14, while six of junior guard Jordan Harris’ 10 points also came in the second frame.