Dawgs "hit wall" against Gators

ATHENS – Georgia knew before Wednesday night's game that any hope it had in this season hung in the balance.

"Wouldn't anybody be able to tell if they looked at the game," junior Terrence Woodbury admitted after the Bulldogs trudged through a 77-64 loss to Florida.

"I have no clue what's wrong with our team right now," Woodbury said.

What's not wrong? The Bulldogs (12-14, 3-10 SEC) have lost nine of their last 10 and were thumped in every phase of the game in front of an announced crowd of 8,695 in Stegeman Coliseum. Florida shot 57 percent on the way to 45 first-half points and never looked back.

"We looked like a team that had hit some sort of wall," head coach Dennis Felton said. "We were sluggish, slow to most everything in all parts of the game. It was that kind of night for us all the way around."

Florida (21-7, 8-5) had lost four of its last six games but easily handled the Bulldogs to notch its 10th straight win in this series.

The Bulldogs finish the season with three straight games against Western Division teams, which will be a welcome change. Georgia has just one win (and nine losses) against teams from its own Eastern Division.

"We didn't play with any energy and intensity at all tonight," Woodbury said. "The things we wanted to do, we didn't do them at all tonight. We practiced some things and then came out tonight like it was another practice or something. We're fighting for our lives right now just to get into the NIT. The way we played tonight isn't acceptable."

Felton explained to the Bulldogs that they needed to win their final four regular season games to make anything substantive of their season, Woodbury said. That made Wednesday's performance all the more baffling.

"We have competed awfully hard, but we just struggled to do that tonight," Felton said. "We kind of as a group digested how important the game was and these last few games are. I anticipated seeing our regular highly competitive team out there."

Instead, he saw a team that shot 14 percent (2-of-14) from behind the 3-point line and never led.

Georgia has to dig deep to find a positive at this point, but sophomore forward Albert Jackson provided one. Making the first start of his career, Jackson scored a career-high 12 points and added seven rebounds.

"Albert played awfully well, and he was a big bright spot in the game," Felton said. "He had a standout performance."

Point guard Sundiata Gaines led Georgia in scoring with 13 points.

Georgia is down to eight scholarship players due to injuries, departures and dismissals.

"That could be catching up with us," Felton said.

Still, Woodbury said, it's inexcusable.

"I don't know if it's a mental or physical thing," he said, "but whatever it is, we've kind of got to get over it in the next 24 hours."

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