Georgia team dropped its 2015-16 season-opener, 92-90, to Chattanooga Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
The hot-shooting Mocs hit 12 of 30 three-point attempts and drilled 20 free throws in the defeat. Despite shooting 54 percent from the field, the Bulldogs were limited due to 21 turnovers and allowing 15 offensive rebounds to Chattanooga.
Georgia was led on offensively by J.J. Frazier who poured in 22 points. Forward Yante Maten chipped in a double-double on a career-high 17 points along with 13 rebounds.
“It was certainly not the way we wanted to start the year,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We scored 90 points and go beat. We shot 54 percent from the field and got beat. We shot 50 percent from three and got beat. We didn’t defend and missed 17 free throws. We did not defend the three-point line and did not rebound the ball. You’re not going to win if you don’t do those things. Hats off to Chattanooga’s team. They made more plays tonight then we did.”
A clutch free throw with 12.8 seconds left in the second-half by Charles Mann tied the game up at 74-74. The Mocs were left with the last possession of the half, but stout defense from the Bulldogs held the Mocs without a good look forcing overtime.
Chattanooga hit several shots down the stretch and was able to get to the free throw line when it counted. Frazier hit several three-point baskets late in the overtime period, but the Bulldogs were unable to hold on.
The Bulldogs trailed the Mocs 39-31 heading into the break. Hot 3-point shooting, including seven shots made from behind the arc, paced Chattanooga in the first 20 minutes. A contrast in styles was evident with the Mocs taking twice as many shots as UGA in the first half. Both teams ended the half shooting 38 percent from the field.
Mante Yaten and Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 10 points each in the first-half. Maten was able to hit four of five field goal attempts and rip down five rebounds. Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor led all scorers at half with 11 points including going 3-3 from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs return home next Friday at 7 p.m. to host Murray State at 7 p.m. ET in Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be televised on the SEC Network+.