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November 21, 2008

2nd-half run ruins Hose

One thing you won't see Dennis Felton do is complain about an ugly win. As long as the final outcome's a victory, that will suit him just fine.

That pretty much sums up his feelings following Georgia's 55-47 decision over Presbyterian Friday night before an announced Stegeman Coliseum crowd of 6,079.

"We found ourselves in a war of a game and I'm just glad that we really got tough in the middle of the second half," Felton said. "Overall, it was pretty good stuff."

There were some anxious moments.

The Blue Hose (0-3) actually led the Bulldogs (3-1) by two points before a 13-0 run midway through the second half enabled Georgia to take the lead for good at 57-36.

A 3-pointer by Corey Butler capped the run for Georgia which scored the 13 straight points in just 3:08.

"We knew we would be in for dogfight but we knew if we could find a way to get some stops and get the lead back we would hold them off," sophomore guard Zac Swansey said. "We did a good job going on that 13-0 run and that sure helped seal the deal the last part of the second half."

The Bulldogs, who stuck to their full-court man defense the entire game, never let Presbyterian get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

"We were playing full-court man all game, but a couple of things happened. Coming out of a timeout we came out with really, really good intensity so we were fresh out of the timeout. But also I think the team decided to really put its foot down and get real tough to be intense, aggressive and make something happen," Felton said. "We were a little more patient offensively and strung some baskets together in that same stretch but we didn't change our defense all game."

Despite what seemed like a sloppy contest at times with a number of turnovers and bad shots, Georgia shot a season-high 48.1 percent from the field with Swansey going 6-for-10 for a team-high 12 points. Terrance Woodbury chipped in with 10 for Georgia which led 27-20 at the half.

Presbyterian's Bryan Bostic led all scorers with 22 points.

The margin might have been a bit more substantial but the Bulldogs were a mere 2-for-11 from the free-throw line. Georgia did forced 21 turnovers. Each team pulled down 31 rebounds.

"I'm really happy for a hard-fought win against a team that played about as good as it could and about as perfectly as they could regarding the way they needed to play it," Felton said. "The stats bear it out. Almost all the stats were favorable, holding them to 37 percent shooting, that's what we're about. We didn't let them get too much from 3-point range (6-for-17) which is a big part of their game and we turned them over 21 times which is good. We had 13 turnovers which isn't too bad and we shot 48 percent from the field which is our best of the season. Obviously, we wish the free throw could have been better because we found ourselves in a war of a game."

NOTES: One of the more humorous moments for Georgia came when Chris Barnes lost a contact lense after being fouled attempting a shot in the first half. Barnes, a career 47 percent free throw shooter went to the bench and was momentarily replaced by Corey Butler, a career 81 percent from the free throw line. However, the officials had none of that and waited until Barnes was able to replace his lense before sending him back to the line. Following a standing ovation by his teammates on the bench, Barnes hit one of his two attempts. Freshman Trey Thompkins sat out his fourth consecutive game while junior Albert Jackson did not play after reinjuring his ankle Tuesday against Eastern Michigan. The Bulldogs return to action Monday at 8 p.m. when they host Santa Clara in the consolation round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT.



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