January 24, 2007

Dawgs tame #25 Wildcats in OT

The Georgia Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats in Athens Wednesday night 78-69.

Head coach Dennis Felton believes the win shows the team maturity and cohesiveness that has been developing over the last few weeks.

Georgia played in front of 10,523 fans, which is their biggest crowd of the season, and coach Felton thinks they gave the team energy down the stretch.

"The crowd helped tremendously and played as big a part of the game as anyone else on the court," said Felton. "They were a huge part of the effort and they inspired and fueled our guys. It helped intimidate and drain Kentucky."

Georgia trailed 43-30 at halftime and the Bulldogs connected on only two of their 15 three-point shots. Kentucky shot 60 percent in the first half and out rebounded the Bulldogs by four.

"Kentucky was more aggressive, much stronger, and more physical than us in the first half," said Felton. "At halftime I told the team we needed to tougher. We needed to impose our will on others. We have not been in a position to impose our will on others and we have been competing for self respect."

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