So, the Bulldogs were playing without Thornton, who is the leading scorer and rebounder. But should one guy carry an entire team?
Apparently he can make a double-digit difference. Saturday’s loss was the largest scoring margin for the Bulldogs since their victory over Seton Hall in December.
Just when the team had begun to pride themselves on balanced scoring, the bad loss at South Carolina showed a huge Achilles heel. Thornton has been a keystone for the team the entire season, and his absence was more than evident against the Gamecocks.
With the No. 1 Wildcats on the horizon for the Bulldogs, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the senior or Tuesday’s matchup could get ugly.
We saw it coming
To be fair, the game was over fairly early on. This wasn’t one of the close games to which Georgia has become accustomed. A comeback seemed unlikely at the half as Georgia was down by nine and had not led since the first three minutes of the game.
With eight minutes to go, the Bulldogs had more turnovers (10) than shots made (9). And half the assists that South Carolina had. It’s hard to win when a team has given their opponent the ball more times than they have found net.
It was pretty clear that the Gamecocks had outplayed Georgia at this point. And it didn’t get any better.
Shoot the ball, boys
For a team that was tied for second in the SEC with as shooting percentage of .459, Saturday was a bit embarrassing. The Bulldogs only hit 11 of their 50 shots from the field — a whopping 22 percent.
The entire bench only made one shot, courtesy of Houston Kessler.
Though they kept it decent from the line, making 78.1 percent of the free throws that accounted for half of the Bulldogs’ total points, it couldn’t make up for their off night from the field.