Georgia Rolls Past Auburn at Stegeman

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Georgia Rolls Past Auburn at Stegeman

Kenny Paul Geno reacts to a put back
Kenny Paul Geno reacts to a put back
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

The Georgia men’s basketball team picked up its second straight Southeastern Conference win defeating the Auburn Tigers, 65-55, Saturday night in front of a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum.
With the win Georgia (13-8, 6-4) holds a 92-90 all-time series record advantage against the Tigers (9-13, 3-7). The Bulldogs own a 61-23 lead in games played in Athens.

The Tigers finished the game shooting 25.9-percent from the field marking the 19th time in its last 21 games that Georgia has held its opponent below their season shooting average. Auburn came into the contest shooting 41.3-percent from the field.
Three different Bulldogs had double-digit scoring outputs. UGA was led by J.J. Frazier with 16 points, followed by Charles Mann and Yante Maten with 12 points each. Maten led the team with 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
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“That was a typical SEC game,” head coach Mark Fox said. “It was hard fought. We were able to establish a double-figure lead. There wasn’t a lot of rhythm to the game, obviously Auburn played a little shorthanded today. I don’t think either team had any rhythm in the first half. Both teams played hard and we were fortunate enough to build a little lead in the second half and win the game.

The Tigers were first on the scoreboard hitting an early free throw, but Georgia quickly responded with a tip in from Derek Ogbeide taking a 2-1 lead at the 16:36 mark, a lead that they wouldn’t surrender for the remainder of the game. Georgia poured it on offensively while shutting the Tigers down on the defensive end. Auburn was held to just 25.9-percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs extended their lead to double digits several times throughout the half before taking a 31-22 advantage into the break.
Georgia picked up right where it left off to begin the second half going on a 18-5 run to start the period. The Bulldogs were all over the Tigers again on the defensive end. Georgia held Auburn to just one field goal in the first 11 minutes of action in the second period. The Bulldogs held off everything the Tigers had to offer for the entirety of the contest, ultimately winning 65-55.
The Bulldogs hit the road on Tuesday night to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.