Dec. 29, 2013
BOULDER, Colo.—The Georgia men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome an 18-point first-half deficit and saw its five-game win streak snapped as the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes beat the Bulldogs 84-70 Saturday night at the Coors Events Center.
Nemanja Djurisic and Kenny Gaines led Georgia (6-5) offensively with 12 points apiece. Cameron Forte led the Bulldogs with five rebounds.
“Colorado is very balanced offensively and we knew they could score from a lot of places,” said head coach Mark Fox. “One of the things we talked about as a team is that we couldn’t send them to the foul line and we had to win the rebounding battle. And we didn’t do those two things which was the difference in the game.”
Colorado (11-2) shot a perfect 26-for-26 from the free throw stripe, and outrebounded Georgia 34-to-22.
“[Colorado] is a terrific team,” continued Fox. “It’s a high-level, nationally-ranked team. We lost our poise in the first half but we battled back and had our chances. We had a couple plays [that didn’t go our way] that were huge swings and we have to learn from those things. We competed and learned a lot about ourselves.”
After trailing by 18 points midway through the first half, the Bulldogs used a 11-4 run in the half’s final four minutes, including a three-pointer from Charles Mann with just two seconds remaining, to cut the Buffaloes’ lead to 46-35 heading into the halftime break.
In the second half, Georgia shrunk the Colorado advantage to just ten points with six minutes remaining, but Colorado fought back behind seven straight points from Spencer Dinwiddle and strong free throw shooting to hold onto its 11th win of the season.
Colorado has won ten of its last 11 games. Askia Booker and Dinwiddle led the Buffalos with 19 and 17 points, respectively. All five Colorado starters scored in double-figures.
Georgia will returns to action on Friday, Jan. 3 in the Washington D.C., visiting George Washington (11-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on CSS.
Georgia vs. Colorado Notes
• Tonight was Georgia’s first true road game and first game against a ranked opponent this season.
• The Bulldogs shot a season-best 62.5 percent from three-point range.
• Georgia raised its season field goal percentage tonight after shooting 50 percent from the field. Tonight marked the seventh time this season that Georgia has shot 50 percent or higher from the field, topping the three times that it happened during the 2012-13 season.
• Colorado’s 84 points were the second most that Georgia has allowed all year. Davidson scored 93 in its win over Georgia in November.
• Colorado’s 26-for-26 free throw performance was the second most points that Georgia has allowed an opponent from the free throw line (Davidson, 34-for-41), but by far the best percentage that an opponent has shot from the charity stripe this season.
• Georgia is 0-5 when not winning the rebounding battle.
The Series: Georgia drops to 6-3 all-time versus Colorado.
Next Up: Georgia travels to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington (11-1) on Friday, Jan. 3. The Bulldogs beat the Colonials in the two teams’ first meeting, 52-41, last year in Athens.