December 30, 2009

Pepperdine no match for Dawgs

After taking a week off for Christmas break, the Georgia Bulldogs continued their winning streak by beating Pepperdine Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum, 64-47.

According to head coach Mark Fox, the key behind the Bulldogs' 17-point win was their stellar play on the defensive end. He credited the coach standing on the other end of the sidelines for his team's play on the defensive end. Fox was an assistant coach to Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury for six years at Kansas State.

"You know that is a great opening question. It gives me a chance say that I spent six years working for Pepperdine's coach Tom Asbury and I learned a great deal about how to coach defense. He's the best man-to-man defensive coach I've ever seen. They were the number one defense in America when I worked for him. The fact that our defense played so well tonight is really a credit to because he taught me a great deal years ago. It means a lot to our guys to play well against him defensively."

Along with playing a great on defense, the Bulldogs also appear to be coming along pretty well offensively learning Fox's triangle-style offense.

"We're still trying to get more comfortable out there. The starters have been good, but we're looking for the bench to get a little more comfortable scoring. We used our size well tonight, but we won't be in the same situation some of our future opponents."

Trey Thompkins has been Georgia's leading scorer this year and scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds tonight. Travis Leslie added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Several other Bulldogs contributed on the offensive end, including 7 points from Ebuka Anyaorah.

Fox was pleased with balance in the offense and believes that balance will be beneficial to his team later in the season.

"I was also glad we had a more balanced attack tonight. When one guy scores 35 points in a game, clearly the other team knows that as well. They honed in on Trey tonight, but the rest of the offense was able to step it up. Ebuka Anyaorah really stepped it up tonight. I was impressed with what we were able to do on the offensive side of the ball tonight."

The Bulldogs took over the lead early in the first half and never let go.

After leading 33-21 at halftime, Georgia went ahead 56-35 after a ferocious dunk by Leslie off a fast break.

With the Pepperdine game behind them, the Bulldogs now face a tough stretch of opponents taking them into conference play. The Dawgs face the Missouri Tigers Saturday in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday before coming home to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Tuesday.

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