Nov. 15, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--Charles Mann scored a career-high 24 points, but it wasn't enough as Georgia fell 80-71 to Georgia Tech Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
"It was a difficult defeat," said head coach Mark Fox. "Tech's team outplayed us. The last two minutes of the half--turnover, basket, another bad play to end the first half, and then a very poor start to the second half separated them from us. We played even the other 35 minutes of the game, but we have to understand that bad possessions are so costly in high-level games. We have 29 more [games], there's a lot to learn from this one, but it's certainly no fun to lose."
After Georgia Tech (3-0) grabbed an early 27-22 lead, Georgia fought back with an 11-3 run to go up 33-30 with four minutes to play. After a Georgia Tech timeout, the Yellow Jackets responded with a 13-5 run to end the half and take a 43-38 lead into the locker rooms.
In the first three minutes of the second half, Georgia went cold from the field and Georgia Tech took advantage, using three-pointers on two consecutive possessions to take a 55-40 lead.
Five straight points from Kenny Gaines cut the Tech advantage to just nine points, but the Yellow Jackets regained momentum with an offensive rebound and tip-in by Daniel Miller on the next possession. Georgia Tech led by double-figures the rest of the way until a basket by junior Nemanja Djurisic in the final seconds of the game.
Daniel Miller led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kammeon Holsey also scored ten points and grabbed 12 boards.
Georgia will return to action next week in the Charleston Classic, facing Davidson (0-2) in the first round on Thursday at 5:00pm. It will be televised on ESPNU.
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
Eleven different Bulldogs played and nine different Bulldogs scored in tonight's game.
Charles Mann scored a career-high 24 points. (17 points vs. Iona last season.)
Kenny Gaines tied a career-high with 13 points (13 points vs. Ole Miss last season) and six rebounds (6 vs. Wofford this season).
John Cannon set a career-high with three blocks (2 vs. Furman in 2011)
The Series: Georgia Tech now leads the all-time series 103-86. Georgia still holds a 51-30 advantage in Athens. The win is Georgia Tech's third in a row in the series.
Up next: Georgia will travel to Charles ton for the Charleston Classic next week. On Thursday, the Bulldogs will play Davidson. Depending on the outcome, they'll face either Clemson of Temple Thursday, before facing New Mexico, UAB, UMass or Nebraska. Georgia is 1-3 all-time versus Davidson, though hasn't played the Wildcats since the 1970-71 season.