Caldwell-Pope Nets 25 but Dawgs Fall to Ole Miss
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Jan. 21, 2012
ATHENS -- Terrance Henry scored 24 points as Ole Miss built a big lead and held off hard-charging Georgia in the final seconds to defeat the Bulldogs 66-63 at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
"That was a disappointing loss," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "I was disappointed in how we played, but you have to give credit to Ole Miss. They were the aggressors today and that paid off for them, but I was very disappointed in how we played on both ends."
The Rebels (13-6, 3-2) posted their first road win of the season, mostly by shooting near 50 percent throughout the game and by outrebounding Georgia 43-32. Henry's performance was an equally important factor.
Henry scored his team's first nine points and finished the first half with 15 points. Robinson and Caldwell-Pope still managed to keep the Bulldogs even through much of the first half.
Georgia's fortunes turned shortly after Caldwell-Pope incurred his second foul with 8:21 left and the score tied at 20. Consecutive layups by Murphy Holloway triggered a 10-0 run by the Rebels and gave them a margin they kept until the game's final moments.
Early in the second period Georgia mounted a brief rally, cutting a 36-23 margin to six on a fast-breaking layup by Caldwell-Pope with 17:18 left. The Bulldogs, however, failed to convert on two subsequent trips to get closer, John Florveus missing a short jumper and Vincent Williams losing possession to Ole Miss guard Jelan Kendrick. Nick Williams ended the run by scoring for the Rebels and they proceeded to pad their lead back to 44-30 with six straight points.
Only in the final minutes did the Bulldogs put together a serious rally, which nearly succeeded. Capitalizing on a series of missed Rebel foul shots, they trimmed a 10-point margin as close as two in the final 47 seconds of play.
Robinson's layup with 12 seconds left pulled Georgia within 65-63. After Henry then missed the second of two free throws with nine ticks left, Georgia had one frantic, final possession to tie, but Robinson and Nemanja Djurisic both missed 3-point attempts.
"We scratched and clawed our way back, but you have to play every minute of every game to win in this league," Fox said. "We couldn't do that and we didn't deserve to win this game."
The Bulldogs complete a 3-game homestand Tuesday night against second-ranked Kentucky with a 9:00 p.m. tipoff.