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Feb. 8, 2012
By Nick Daly, UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS -- Georgia put forth one of its best games of the season Wednesday night, as they defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 81-59 in Stegeman Coliseum to capture its second win in SEC play. Gerald Robinson scored a career-high 27 points to lead all scorers.
The Bulldogs (11-12, 2-7) played one of their best halves of the season in the first half of Wednesday's contest, scoring a season best 43 points in the first 20 minutes. As a team, the Bulldogs connected on 56.3% of their total field goals, and out rebounded the Razorbacks 25-10.
"This may have been the most complete effort we've put forth all season," Georgia head coach Mark Fox said after the game. "That was a really good effort by our kids, and I was very proud of the way they played tonight. This is a great win for us."
Georgia needed just over 10 minutes to build its lead into double digits. A 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got the Bulldogs a 19-8 advantage. Another late flurry, triggered by consecutive treys from Caldwell-Pope, caused the lead to balloon further. A putback basket by freshman reserve Tim Dixon at the 4:00 mark of the first half got Georgia its first 20-point margin of the night at 37-17.
Georgia finished the game shooting 52.6% from the field, while collecting 44 rebounds compared to Arkansas' 21. Gerald Robinson scored a career high 27 points, 17 of which came in the first half. He also recorded six rebounds and five assists.
"Gerald played phenomenal for us tonight," coach Fox said of his senior point guard. "We ask him to do so much for us, and when you look at it, it really isn't fair how much we ask of him. Tonight, he finished a lot of plays early for and helped set the tone, then he continued to finish well and help us all game."
Caldwell-Pope finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals. Nemanja Djurisic finished with 14 points in just 16 minutes of play, connecting on all three of his three-point attempts in the second half. Marcus Thornton also contributed a career-high 10 points on 4-4 shooting, 2-2 from 3-point range, in 18 minutes.
Arkansas' (16-8, 4-5) road struggles continued, as they dropped their sixth consecutive loss away from Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks struggled shooting the ball in the first half, as they connected on just six of 23 field goal attempts.
BJ Young finished the game with 16 points off the bench to lead Arkansas. Mardracus Wade finished with 15 points, shooting a perfect five for five from behind the arc. Marvell Waithe also contributed 10 points off the bench.
Georgia hits the road again for two straight contests, beginning Saturday at Mississippi State and continuing next Wednesday at South Carolina.