cool doc martens Ogbeide lead upset over Vols
ATHENS Yante Maten scored 19 points and Georgia held off No. 18 Tennessee for a 73 62 victory Saturday that denied the Volunteers an opportunity to pull within a game of the Southeastern Conference lead.
Derek Ogbeide had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Georgia (15 11, 6 8 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight in a late attempt to return to NCAA Tournament consideration.
Tennessee (19 7, 9 5) remained two games behind No. 10 Auburn, the SEC leader, which lost to South Carolina 84 75 on Saturday. The Vols have lost two of their last three.
Lamonte Turner led Tennessee with 14 points. Jordan Bowden had 13, and Admiral Schofield 11.
Foul trouble helped to limit Tennessee’s Grant Williams to five points,
11 below his average. Williams made only one of eight shots from the field.
Tennessee’s last lead was 6 5. Georgia briefly led by double figures at 38 28 before a 3 pointer by Schofield started the Vols’ comeback.
A tip in by Kyle Alexander cut the Georgia lead to 51 49, but the Vols couldn’t take advantage of repeated opportunities to pull even.
A three point play by Ogbeide and a 3 pointer by Tyree Crump gave the Bulldogs a 57 51 lead. Ogbeide’s tip in of a Maten miss pushed the lead to eight points. Crump added another 3 for a 62 54 lead with 1:54 remaining.
Maten scored 11 of Georgia’s first 13 points but left the game after collecting his second foul with about five minutes remaining in the half. He sat out all but a few seconds of the final five minutes as the Bulldogs saw their big lead of 21 12 shrink.
Turner and Bowden made 3 pointers to help the Vols cut into the deficit before halftime.
Schofield briefly left the game midway through the first half when he landed hard on the court after battling for a rebound.
There were delays at the start of each half, each lasting several minutes, due to shot clock malfunctions.
Tennessee: The Vols trailed by only two points at halftime, 28 26, despite offensive struggles most of the half. Tennessee showed good composure in trimming Georgia’s lead after Williams went to the bench with four fouls and only four points with 11:21 remaining.
Georgia: The Bulldogs continue to struggle with their backcourt play. Tennessee’s man to man pressure had an immediate effect on Georgia’s half court offense as Georgia struggled to run plays. The Bulldogs’ best success came when the guards were able to quickly pass to Maten,
even if he wasn’t near the basket.