The Georgia Bulldogs win their second game away from Stegeman Coliseum this season with a convincing win in Starkville over Mississippi State, 66-57.
The Georgia Bulldogs move to 14-9 on the year and 7-5 in SEC play with a road win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday night in Starkville, 66-57.
Georgia shot significantly better from the field Saturday night than the team did in its blowout road loss in Lexington to the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night. Georgia’s 46.3% shooting helped catapult the Dawgs to their second road victory of the 2015-16 NCAA campaign.
For now, Dawgs still have an outside chance at making the NCAA Tournament, albeit with almost no room for error at this point. However, Dawg Nation did see an all-around consistent game from Georgia in what isn’t an easy road environment in Humphrey Coliseum. Georgia took control early over Mississippi State and never relinquished their double-digit lead.
On offense, the Georgia Bulldogs had two starters that were feeling it against Mississippi State on Saturday night. Power forward Yante Maten set a career high in points against the Bulldogs in Starkville with 25 points on 10-17 shooting and 5-7 at the free throw line.
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This is very impressive given that Maten didn’t even attempt a three-point field goal in this game. He finished with seven rebounds, a block, and an assist.
Point guard Charles Mann also shot the basketball extraordinarily well against Mississippi State Saturday night, as he had 21 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, 2-3 from three, and 5-6 from the free throw line. Mann’s ability to create his own shot off the dribble was key for the Dawgs’ success in their rare road victory. He finished with seven rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Overall, Georgia did a great job on the glass against Mississippi State with three players with seven rebounds (Mann, Maten, Kenny Paul Geno) and true freshman Derek Ogbeide gathering 13 rebounds for the Dawgs. His shot in the low post isn’t there yet, but his physicality down low isn’t going unnoticed.
After getting destroyed in a laugher on the road in Lexington Tuesday night, the Georgia Bulldogs responded nicely with a strong road victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday night. While Mississippi State is one of three sub-.500 teams in the SEC, road wins are hard to come by in this conference.
Georgia looks to bring its good fortune back home when the Dawgs host the rival Florida Gators Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff in this hardwood rivalry is at 9:00 PM ET and the game will air on ESPN. Go Dawgs!