After going on the road and losing a tough game to the Clemson Tigers, The Bulldogs basketball team was able to play solid defense and get back on track to earn their first victory against the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs by a score of 60-46.
The Georgia Bulldogs did not play their best basketball but they seemed to be in control of the game from tip-off to the final buzzer. However, their offense was streaky throughout the first half with Yante Maten and JJ Frazier leading the way.
J.J. Frazier was the Bulldogs leading scorer in the first half with 11 and was able to manage shooting 60% from the field. Frazier’s first basket got him into the 1,000 point club and he became 47th Bulldog to accomplish this feat.
Maten also shot a solid 50% from the field in the first half and finished the half with 9 points. However, Maten heated up in the second half and ended up finishing the game one rebound short of his second double-double of the season. Maten finished the game with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks and led the team in these respective categories. However, Maten also struggled with turnovers tonight and ended the night with 6 in the game.
This is something that will definitely need to be addressed by the team as a whole because they struggled in this area as a team with 17 overall. However, There were some positives for the team especially in the category of rebounds where the team was able to outrebound their opponents 40-28.
One player who had a surprisingly good night on the boards was Juwan Parker, who finished the night with 7 rebounds and was only behind Maten in this category. Parker continues to improve after being out for almost two years due to an injured Achilles and he should have a big role in the Bulldogs success as he continues to knock the rust off his game.
The Bulldogs look like a solid (1-1) team and should compete for a spot in the NCAA tournament if they continue to improve and grow as a unit.