More Video: Coach Fox's Post Game Press Conference
Jan. 18, 2012
By Nick Daly, UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS -- The Georgia Bulldogs captured their first SEC victory Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum, defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 57-53 in overtime behind 16 points from Gerald Robinson and 11 each from Nemanja Djurisic and Donte' Williams.
Georgia (10-8, 1-3) shot just 34.9% from the field, but put forth one of their best defensive efforts of the year, forcing 20 turnovers. The Bulldogs gathered 39 total rebounds, 14 of which came offensively, as well as five blocks and nine steals.
"This game really showed the character of both teams," Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox said in his postgame press conference. "We both played very hard, and I'm very proud of my team and the way they battled to stay in it and win this game."
Robinson tied the game on a lay up with 17 seconds left to send the game to overtime. In addition to his game-high 16 points, he also contributed six rebounds and five assists.
Sophomore forward Donte' Williams gave the Bulldogs the final lead on a layup with 1:02 left in overtime to seal the victory. Williams put forth one of his best all around performances of the year, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds.
One of the biggest bright spots of tonight's game was the return of sophomore Marcus Thornton, who had been sidelined with a knee injury since December 23. Thornton finished with one assist, one rebound, and one steal in 23 minutes on the court.
"Marcus made a huge impact for us defensively," Coach Fox said on the return of Thornton. "We didn't know until yesterday when he went to the doctor that he would be able to play. We needed him on defense, and even though we only got him out there in short bursts, he really made some key plays for us down the stretch."
Tennessee (8-10, 1-3) received its biggest boost on offense from sophomore guard Trae Golden who finished tied Gerald Robinson with a game high 16 points. Freshman forward Jarnell Stokes scored a career high, 11 points off the bench in just the second appearance of his career.
The Bulldogs resume play this Saturday afternoon against SEC opponent Ole Miss at 4:00 pm at Stegeman Coliseum.