Razorbacks Rally In Second Half, Top Georgia 72-68
ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday, dropping their record to 9-11, with a 1-6 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas gets back to a .500 winning percentage as they climb to 11-11, with a 4-3 SEC standing.
The loss was the third consecutive for Georgia, who has been winless since defeating the then 8th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in Athens on January 23.
5,534 Stegeman Coliseum patrons were on hand and on their feet throughout the duration as the Bulldogs weren’t able to hang on to a 15-point halftime lead.
“Tonight was a very disappointing loss for us,” said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. “I’m very disappointed in our defensive performance, especially because our team hasn’t made progress in that department. Our defense just failed us tonight.”
Leading the Bulldogs offensively was sophomore forward Trey Thompkins, who had 21 points to go with seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Travis Leslie scored 14 points and added four rebounds, while also leading the team with two blocked shots. Sophomore guard Dustin Ware and junior forward Jeremy Price each added 11 points, while Ware dished out four assists and Price hauled in three rebounds. Courtney Fortson led Arkansas with 27 points on the evening.
“Our inability to get stops is crushing this team and it's really plagued us recently,” said Fox. “We’re in a tough situation. Whether we were in our zone or our man tonight, we just couldn’t get stops. We got pounded on the boards in the second half.”
Georgia has suffered a string of heartbreaking defeats lately, this being the sixth in their last eight games. In five of the defeats, Georgia led or was tied within the last 1:30 of regulation, but lost the lead and the game.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Vanderbilt Commodores, who travel to Athens for an 8:00 p.m. tip with Georgia on Saturday, February 6. The action can be seen on Fox Sports Net and heard on the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. Live stats can also be found here on georgiadogs.com.