Jan. 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore Cameron Forte scored a career-high 14 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds, but the Georgia Bulldogs ultimately fell 73-55 to George Washington on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.
The Bulldogs drop their second road game in a row to fall to 6-6 on the year, while George Washington improves to 12-2 overall.
Forte turned in a perfect shooting performance from the field, knocking down all seven of his field goals in just 13 minutes of play. Charles Mann turned in 11 points and three steals for the Bulldogs, while Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines chipped in with eight points apiece.
"Our defense really failed us in the second half tonight," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox. "In the first half we defended well. We didn't quite rebound like we'd like to, but in the second half we did not defend without fouling. Instead of getting a stop and a rebound, we sent them to the free throw line. That's really concerning. We've got to improve defensively."
The two teams traded baskets back and forth early until the Colonials reeled off six unanswered points to take an 18-10 lead. Georgia closed to within three midway through the opening period, but George Washington entered the half leading 28-23.
Mann scored eight points in the first half to lead the Bulldogs. Both teams shot 36 percent from the floor, while the rebounds were nearly even as George Washington owned a slim 20-19 advantage on the boards.
The Colonials came out of the break on a tear offensively, opening up a 12-point lead just five minutes into the second half. George Washington led by as many as 21 points during the second half, due in large part to 54 percent shooting from the floor over the final 20 minutes of play.
Georgia shot 46 percent from the floor during the game, including a 59 percent mark during the second half, but the Bulldogs were done in by 20 turnovers that led to 16 points for the Colonials. The Bulldogs tied a season-high mark with seven blocks on the night.
Kethan Savage led George Washington with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday when they open SEC play in Columbia, Mo., against the Missouri Tigers. The game will tip of at 8 p.m. and be televised on SEC TV.
* Sophomore Cameron Forte turned in career highs of 14 points and eight rebounds in just 13 minutes of play. He also finished a perfect 7-7 on field goal attempts.
* Georgia is 0-6 on the season when outrebounded by its opponents.
* The Bulldogs tied a season-high with seven blocks but they also committed a season-high 20 turnovers.
* Friday's game marked just the second meeting all-time between the two teams, as Georgia won last year's matchup in Athens by a score of 52-41 exactly one year ago today