Around the Stegesaurus: The Ole Miss game

Numerous times during the game the basketball seemed like hot potato. Both teams struggled controlling the ball on the right hand side of the floor, which is away from the old stage area of the Stegosaurus.

It was like a three point clinic at the start of the 2nd half. Georgia and Ole Miss players seemed to lock into the Stegosaurus rims from long distance. Georgia has struggled mightily with the three point shot this season but not tonight.

"We had to hit some shots tonight or we would have lost control of the game," said Dennis Felton of the three point barrage that the Rebels and Dawgs combined for in the second half.

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The officials at the score table missed the media timeout at the 12:00 mark of the second half. The Georgia bench, which just took Wright out of the game hoping that he could get a quick breather right before the timeout, was screaming for the officials to stop the game for the timeout. Eventually they did… at the 10:29 mark.

But Felton indicated in the press conference after the game that he was not aware that occurred. Georgia officials did confirm it, however.

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The Stegosaurus crowd was very disappointing. It seems that Wednesday night games are not going to be easy for most Georgia fans to make on time. The Athletic Association circulated a pamphlet asking fans about the basketball games. One of the questions was: "What time would you prefer that our non-televised WEEKDAY home games tip-off?"

Fans were able to choose from 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, and 8:30PM.

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Once again Georgia's defensive effort to start the game was solid. The Bulldogs allowed only 23 first half points to the Rebels.

"We where impressive in the 1st half with our defense," said Felton. "We held them to only 23 points."

Georgia did not allow Ole Miss' Justin Reed and Aaron Harper to blow them out. The Rebel tandem got about their average points scored but did not take the game over at any one time. It seemed like whenever they would score it would be answered by a Georgia bucket.

Numerous times during the game the basketball seemed like hot potato. Both teams struggled controlling the ball on the right hand side of the floor, which is away from the old stage area of the Stegosaurus.

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Might these back to back wins over SEC West foes be the turning point for Georgia's SEC season? Perhaps, but the Rebels and Arkansas are a combined 5-9 in SEC play.

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The student section known as "Felton's Fanatics" choose to dress up like the head coach tonight. All of them wore a suit and tie to the game and had black mustaches painted on their faces.

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Georgia's win was the second straight double digit win. It's the first time that's happened since Georgia's wins over Towson and Florida A&M in December.

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"We rebounded the ball well tonight," Felton added. "That's why we controlled the game in the 1st half. In the 2nd half we didn't miss a lot of shots and we didn't give them that many offensive rebounding opportunities." Georgia outrebounded its opponent for the 2nd straight game.


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