LSU too much for Dawgs

ATHENS — The "Human Highlight Film" came to Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday night, and all he saw was the same old horror show for Georgia.

Former Bulldog Dominique Wilkins, the most celebrated Georgia hoopster ever and a player so talented he earned one of the NBA's most enduring nicknames, was recognized before the LSU game and then watched his alma mater's least-celebrated and least-talented team in recent memory lose 95-79 to the Tigers.

It was the same old script for the Bulldogs, who competed for 30 minutes before being overwhelmed by an opponent with superior skill and experience. Georgia (7-11, 1-7 SEC) lost its third straight and for the eighth time in the last nine games.

"We're struggling a little bit, but one thing you have to say about them is they play hard," said Wilkins, who is now a vice president for basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. "A lot of times they are outmanned, but they play hard."

Georgia had its highest scoring output in SEC play but also gave up 19more points than it had to any other conference team. Previously, Wofford's 89 was the most scored by any Bulldog opponent this year. No one has scored more points against Georgia since Vanderbilt rang up 101 in the final days of the 2000 season.

"We don't ever want to give up that many points, and our team certainly can't afford to give up that many," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "That was tough to swallow."

LSU (12-6, 5-2), which shot 53 percent from the field, won its first conference road game since Feb. 14, 2004. The Tigers were led by Antonio Hudson's career-high 26 points. Brandon Bass added 21, and all five Tiger starters finished with double figures.

"They're a tough group for us to stop," Felton said. "They play two feet above us. We were in fairly good position at times, and they scored over us. They scored in some ways we just can't stop."

Georgia was within seven points at the 10:16 mark after Younes Idrissi converted a three-point play, but LSU scored the next six points and led by at least nine the rest of the way. Wednesday was the first time the Bulldogs had managed more than 68 in an SEC game and just the second time they've had more than 55.

Freshman guard Channing Toney led Georgia with 18 points. Levi Stukes had 16 points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Bulldogs trailed 50-42 at the break after scoring half their points from behind the 3-point line, making 7 of 11 3-pointers in the first half.

Freshman guard Channing Toney hit four consecutive 3-pointers starting at the 18:14 mark and ending with 12:20 left in the half. However, he got just two more shot attempts the rest of the half.

"I was frustrated," Toney said. "I thought I should have gotten more opportunities, but our big men were scoring inside. As long as Georgia is scoring, I'm fine."

The Bulldogs did a lot of scoring when Wilkins was around. He had 1,688 points in just three college seasons. Wilkins interviewed for Georgia's head coaching position before the school hired Felton two years ago.

"I think (Georgia officials) know it probably would have been hard for me to leave the NBA, but I wanted to go through the process," he said.

He's still willing to pitch in for the good of the program, he said.

"I'm a part of this school," he said. "Anything I can do, within the rules of college, I try to lend my time and effort."

Too bad he can't suit up again.


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