The Georgia Bulldogs captured its first SEC road win of the Mark Fox era with a 98-76 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. It has been a long week for the Bulldogs who left Athens on Tuesday by bus due to the snow storm that had engulfed the southeast. Georgia lost at Vanderbilt Tuesday night and then bussed its way to Oxford to take on Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Rebels from the outset dominating the game for much of the night. After watching Georgia struggle in Nashville against the zone, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy opened the game in a zone defense. The Bulldogs responded by feeding Trey Thompkins in the high post and used some crisp passing to dissect the defense. Against Vandy, Georgia settled for a lot of long three point attempts. Against Ole Miss they found much more success by going inside first forcing the defense to react. The result was some wide open looks where Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson Jr could step into the shot and knock them down.
The Bulldogs led 53-37 at the half which a staggering total for a team that is averaging 69 points per game on the season. They didn't let up in the second half posting season highs in points (98) and assists (24).
Georgia placed five players in double figures with Gerald Robinson Jr. nettiing 22 points on 7-11 shooting. Robinson went 3-3 from three point range and dished out five assists for good measure. Trey Thompkins 21 points, Travis Leslie 17 points, Dustin Ware 15 points, and Jeremy Price 12 points rounded out the Bulldogs in double figures. Ware chipped in a team high eight assists.
Zach Graham scored 21 points to lead Ole Miss. Georgia did a good job defensively against the SEC's leading scorer Chris Warren who only had nine points on 3-12 shooting.
The win moves Georgia to 2-1 in the SEC with home games this week against Tennessee and Mississippi State looming.