Dawgs Fall to Missouri

ATHENS - Although the Georgia basketball team saw the return of Terrance Woodbury to the starting lineup, and received a career-best 27 points from the senior, the Bulldogs could not earn their 10th win of the season as they dropped an 83-76 decision to the visiting Missouri Tigers Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

"Overall, I like a lot of what we did," head coach Dennis Felton said. "We knew what we were facing; we just have to hold our composure throughout the game. We came up a little short."

The stingy Missouri defense has forced its opponents into an average of 19.4 turnovers a contest this season. On Saturday, the Tigers forced 23 Georgia miscues during the game, which led to 30 Missouri points.

Woodbury had missed the past four games after spraining an ankle in practice just before Georgia's overtime win against Wofford. Upon his return to the starting lineup, Woodbury wasted no time in producing for the Bulldog offense. Woodbury totaled 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers to keep Georgia (9-5) within four, 32-28, in the first half.

"It was good to see him back," Felton said of Woodbury. "It was a real good opportunity for him to find out what he can do. He got going early and obviously moved very well. It was a spectacular effort by him."

The lead would switch hands three times early in the second half as Georgia would hold a 46-45 advantage with about 12 minutes left in the game. Missouri (12-2), however, would take over by using a 26-10 run, to make the score 71-56 and assume control of the game with about four minutes remaining in the contest.

"We just let it slip away during a three-minute period," Felton said. "They strung together a lead with some easy baskets and it got easier for them. We had a couple of breakdowns defensively in that stretch and they got some second chance points, too.

Missouri would score 51 points in the second half, the most points in a half by any Georgia opponent this season, and the 83 total points is the most by any Georgia opponent this season.

All five Tiger starters scored in double-figures, as DeMarre Carroll and Zaire Taylor scored 17 points apiece for the visitors, Leo Lyons added 12 and J.T. Tiller and Matt Lawrence each added 10.

Woodbury's 27 points led all scorers and freshman Trey Thompkins pitched in 18 for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Zac Swansey also returned to the Bulldog lineup after missing Georgia's game against Kennesaw State on Wednesday. Swansey finished with four points, but had seven assists Saturday against Missouri.

Up next, the Bulldogs will face in-state rival Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Atlanta. The next home game for Georgia will be Jan. 10 when it opens SEC play against Tennessee.

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