January 19, 2008

Dogs roast Hogs

Georgia's basketball team may not win the SEC East, but based on the Bulldogs' play this week they may not be that bad, either.

Saturday's 82-69 domination of Arkansas Saturday night at Stegeman Coliseum was a fairly good indication of that.

"I think that was probably our best game of the year," senior David Bliss said. "I just thought we played a complete game."

The statistics bear Bliss out.

Georgia outshot the Razorbacks 50.9 to 48.2 percent, including 57.7 percent in the second half, while out-rebounding Arkansas 33-32.

Individually, Billy Humphrey led a quartet of Bulldogs in double-figures with 24 points, with freshman Jeremy Price and Sundiata Gaines chipping in with 14 each, followed by Terrence Woodbury with 12.

Humphrey's effort was the third time in five games that he's scored 22 or more points. The recent knee injury that's bothered him the past few weeks seems to be history.

"I'm playing at about 85 or 90 percent," Humphrey said. "I've just got to stay focused. I want to be out there so I can't let it slow me down even the littlest bit."

The win was the second straight for the Bulldogs (11-5, 2-1) after Wednesday's 61-54 victory over Alabama. Georgia's effort over the Razorbacks was considerably more impressive.

Arkansas (13-5, 2-2) was picked by the media to win the SEC West, but couldn't stand up to the defensive pressure of the Bulldogs, who scored their most points since an 83-70 win over Grambling State in the second game of the year.

"I felt the most that had to do with that was we really moved the ball well as a team," head coach Dennis Felton said. "We made extra plays and I thought that had the most to say with having a good offensive rhythm the rest of the game."

The Bulldogs are now 10-0 at home this year.

"I thought Georgia played outstanding," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "We struggled at times with the turnover bug (Arkansas committed 17 turnovers), and there were six or seven times when the ball just popped out of our hands. Georgia was better tonight. We have to regroup."

Foul trouble didn't help the Razorbacks' cause, either.

Pre-season All-SEC guard Patrick Beverly wasn't as much as factor as he might have been after picking up his fourth foul with 12:06 to play.

Beverly had 25 rebounds in his previous two games, but only had five for the Razorbacks who dropped their second-straight contest after being beaten Wednesday by South Carolina, 70-66.

Charles Thomas led Arkansas with 13 points.

Georgia jumped out to a 34-27 halftime lead, keyed by the play of Humphrey and Bliss who led the Bulldogs' first-half charge with 10 and eight points, respectively.

The Bulldogs closed the half with a 13-5 run, with Humphrey scoring seven of those points, including a 3-pointer that put Georgia in front to stay at 23-22 with 5:05 on the clock.

Humphrey finished with four 3-pointers on six attempts. As a team, Georgia was 6 of 13 from 3-point range.

"I'm shocked that we made only six 3s because it felt like a lot more," Felton said. "Of course, it was 6 out of 13, so we shot the ball well again. We got really, really quality looks all around."

Georgia hits the road next week, beginning with a game at Tennessee next Saturday, followed by a Jan. 30 contest at South Carolina.

Georgia's next home game is Feb. 2 against Kentucky.

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