Georgia beats Georgia State: O&O

DULUTH - Dean Legge's opinions and observations from Georgia's basketball game with Georgia State.

Thoughts: This game was a lot sloppier than Georgia's contest with Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The game with the Panthers is a classic sleep-through game, but the Bulldogs avoided that trap.

I've seen them play better defense under Dennis Felton in the last three seasons, but forcing 22 Georgia State turnovers was good enough to win. Georgia forced 13 Yellow Jacket mistakes the other day. Many of State's turnovers were self-inflicted wounds, however.

The atmosphere at the Gwinnett Center was similar to Sunday-morning church services – very quiet. The Bulldogs won, however, and you don't get bonus points for winning in a crazy atmosphere. A win is a win.

Trends: Solid guard play continues for Georgia. Mike Mercer rebounded to have a better showing against State than Tech. He finished the contest with ten points. Sundiata Gaines scored 14 points. And Levi Stukes hammed down an ally hoop dunk with two hands near the end of regulation. Billy Humphrey had a solid effort again. Georgia's guards are quite a group. Georgia's top six scores are guards.

What won the game: Georgia's ten-point run in the middle of the second half tore away any hope of Georgia State pulling off the upset.

Player of the game: Gaines has been steady all season, and today was no different. The sophomore ended the game with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Perhaps Gaines understands that playing time is up for grabs more this season with the addition of Georgia's freshmen. Perhaps Gaines is just coming along more than he did last season. Either way – he's had a pretty good start to December.

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