By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
ATHENS, Ga. — A slow start by the Georgia Bulldogs turned into a physical battle that was decided at the free-throw line Tuesday night. Ole Miss couldn’t garner a second straight road victory, falling 69-64 to the Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum.
Ole Miss was outscored by the Bulldogs at the free-throw line 21 to 12. Georgia (12-5 overall, 3-2 in the SEC) shot 31 free throws overall while the Rebels had 14 from the charity stripe. Georgia also outscored the Rebels in the paint 36 to 22.
As for the discrepancy at the line, Kennedy said it was the “same song and dance.”
“I can’t remember the last time we shot more free throws than our opponent,” Kennedy said. “It speaks to their aggression to the basket and it speaks to our inability to evidently draw enough contact to be rewarded.”
Ole Miss led Georgia 31-25 at the half, but lost it in the first few minutes of the second half thanks to a re-energized effort from the Bulldogs, who improved to 11-7 and 3-2. Ole Miss only trailed by a point (61-60) with 1:56 left in the game following two made free throws from Stefan Moody.
The Rebels never got any closer, however, as they turned the ball over on their next two possessions. Georgia was then able to build a bigger cushion by finally making its free throws. Moody led all scorers with 26 points. Here are his thoughts following the loss.