Georgia Bulldogs crush Clemson Tigers, 71-48


The Georgia Bulldogs dominated the Clemson Tigers Tuesday night in Athens, 71-48. UGA had outstanding play from its guards in Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann.

The Georgia Bulldogs move to 6-3 on the year after defeating another ACC foe in the Clemson Tigers Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum, 71-48. UGA had a great game from two members of its starting backcourt. Seniors Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann combined for 35 points in this non-conference contest.

Mann shot 5-8 from the field a fantastic 8-8 from the free throw line to get his game-high 18 points. He also had two assists and two steals against the Tigers. Gaines was 6-10 from the field and 3-6 from beyond the arc in his 17 points Tuesday night. He also had a team-high five rebounds.

Overall, the Georgia Bulldogs came out Tuesday night fired up from Saturday’s victory over Georgia Tech and handled the Clemson Tigers easily in this contest. At one point, Clemson went over 11 minutes in the first half without scoring a field goal. UGA limited Clemson to 16-59 shooting from the field (27.1%) in their biggest blowout victory on the season.

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This was the Georgia Bulldogs’ most complete effort of the 2015-16 NCAA season. I loved the intensity that the defense displayed against this regional rival. Clemson had several opportunities to make some buckets, but nearly every shot the Tigers took was a contested one. Combined with the great transition offense of the Georgia Bulldogs, this was an easy win for the Dawgs this evening.

UGA has played the most difficult schedule in the NCAA according to RPI thus far. Though their 6-3 record isn’t spectacular, their three losses are to good teams by a combined 11 points, including two by a basket.

The Georgia Bulldogs will have their next game a week from today when Robert Morris comes to town to essentially close out the non-conference part of the Dawgs’ 2015-16 season. Robert Morris did upset the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the NIT a few years ago, so this should stand as another quality opponent for Mark Fox and his team.

Tonight we saw what the Georgia offense can look like when two of its backcourt stars catch fire. Though Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier played well, only Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann were able to get into double figures scoring for the Georgia Bulldog Tuesday night.

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The defensive identity is getting there and the offense is becoming more balanced by the game. This Georgia team could do some major damage once SEC play officially gets under way. A great win for the Dawgs!