The Georgia Bulldogs came into this game riding a five-game winning streak, but the Alabama Crimson Tide ended that run and handed Georgia their first conference loss of the year by beating them 74-59. Georgia was unable to get their offense and tried to use the three-point shot to get back in this game, but they shot 6 of 17 from beyond the arc and 21 of 52 overall from the field.
Georgia matched Alabama point-for-point for the first nine minutes of the game, but after a timeout Alabama made their run by going on a scoring spree where the outscored Georgia 20-6 and never looked back. Alabama ended the first half by leading 36-28 over Georgia. The second half has more competitive but Georgia was unable to chip into the Alabama lead at all.
Alabama had three players score in double figures with Trevor Lacey who came off the bench to lead all Alabama players with 19 points and made three of four three-point shots. Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led all scores with 22 points, but it was not enough to keep Georgia in this game.
Glen Rice Jr. put up a valiant effort against a tough Duke defense as his 28 points and 8 rebounds helped keep Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets in the game throughout the afternoon. Mfon Udofia and Jason Morris also chipped in, with 18 and 11 points, respectfully.
For Kelly, his 14-for-14 performance from the free throw line helped him eclipse is career high with a 21 points. Seth Curry had 15 points and freshman Quinn Cook also added 10 points.
The Yellow Jackets are now 7-8 on the season and this was their first loss in conference play, yet this loss could be a confidence builder, knowing that they competed tough versus the potential conference champion. Georgia Tech will face North Carolina State on Tuesday in Raleigh.
Turnovers and a lackluster shooting night was more than Georgia Tech could overcome as they dropped their final non conference game to Alabama 73-48.
The Yellow Jackets fell behind 40-22 at halftime and weren't able to threaten in the second half. Trevor Releford hit all eight of his field goal attempts and finished with 17 points. Tony Mitchell netted 14 points while Andrew Steele and JaMychal Green each had nine.
Turnovers have hurt the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they have dug themselves a big hole in the first half as they trail Alabama 40-22. The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over 15 times in the first half giving the Crimson Tide extra opportunities.
With Alabama hitting more than half of its shot attempts, the Yellow Jackets can't afford to be giving them any extra opportunities. Trevor Releford leads a balanced attack for the Tide with 11 points and four assists. Tony Mitchell chipped in nine points while JaMychal Green has six points and four boards in the first half.
Kammeon Holsey worked hard for 10 points in the first half but also committed four of Tech's turnovers. Mfon Udofia has six points for the Yellow Jackets. Glen Rice Jr. scored just two points in the first half and hit only one of his six shot attempts.
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