The Georgia Bulldogs were able to come back from a 4-point deficit to force overtime against Southern Miss in their Thursday night basketball game, but eventually fell in overtime, 62-60. It was the second consecutive loss for the Bulldogs (1-2) after they fell to Youngstown State by 12 points Monday, but Georgia head coach Mark Fox was encouraged by the team's improvement.
"There's so much to learn from this game and the thought that all of our freshman who I thought really hurt us the last time out were all better players today," he said in his postgame press conference. "We had a lot of opportunities out in front of us. We haven't played well out of the gate but we had a lot of opportunities in front of us. It's a game at a time, and with this group it's a day at a time."
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, but he shot a woeful 3-14 from behind the three-point line. While he was 4-5 from the free throw line, the rest of his teammates were a combined 7-16 from the stripe, which Fox pointed out as a key reason why the Bulldogs lost.
"What we have to recognize is that you can't leave 10 points at the foul line and get outrebounded like we did in the second half and win basketball games," Fox said. "I thought those were the two keys — second-half rebounding and our poor performance at the foul line."
The Bulldogs' next game will be a major challenge. They'll travel up to Brooklyn Monday night to take on the No. 1 team in the country, the Indiana Hoosiers, at the Barclays Center.