The old Road Hogs showed up Saturday night in Georgia and it wasn't pretty at all.
Billy Humphrey had a game-high 24 points as Georgia downed the University of Arkansas 82-69 before a sparse crowd at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
"I thought Georgia played outstanding and certainly they were very spirited and passionate," Pelphrey said, "and understood that tonight they could put themselves in the conversation right now if there is just five teams taken from the SEC to the NCAA Tournament. They were making a statements that they wanted to be a part of that.
"We knew and has those same thoughts and understanding," Pelphrey added.
Sundiata Gaines and Jeremy Price added 14 each and Terrence Woodbury 12 for the Bulldogs (11-5, 2-1), who led by 19 midway through the second half.
Charles Thomas had 13 points and Sonny Weems 12 for the Razorbacks (13-5, 2-2), who lost their second straight league game and did so while having 17 turnovers.
"We didn't play very well and certainly the turnover bug made us struggle at times from being able to score the ball," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "There must have been six to eight times we were around the basket and the ball just popped out of our hands and we just couldn't score it. Georgia was just better tonight."
The Razorbacks had won two straight games away from home – including their SEC opener at Auburn – but had won just 7 of 40 on the road before that in the past five years.
Patrick Beverley and Steven Hill both had 9 point each and Stefan Welsh, Gary Ervin and Darian Townes 8 apiece in the loss.
Arkansas shot 48.2 percent from the field and nearly had a 620-game streak with a 3-pointer stopped before finally getting one to fall after an 0-of-9 start.
Georgia's zone trap defense really seemed to bother Arkansas while the Bulldogs buried 6-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc, shot over 50 percent overall and outrebounded the Razorbacks 29-24.
"It really did," Pelphrey said. "I was very surprised by that. I thought at Auburn we handled it very well and knew exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to have our two guards out there and play close in behind each other – one pass, two pass, the third right at the elbow and look diagonally to our bigs.
"But our guards really struggled just trying to just pass it back and forth, lob passed it, lackadaisical passes and then got so far spaced out that by the time they drove in there the diagonal pass was not there."
Arkansas has a week off before traveling to LSU Saturday for its next game.
"We have got a period of time here now to try and regroup," Pelphrey said. "I think it is much needed. We have had four games in under 10 days and we certainly need more practice time. We also need to do a little soul searching."
Georgia 82, Arkansas 69
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