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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turns in sensational performance against Trojans

Trailing by one at halftime, Georgia needed a spark. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stepped up.


The Georgia Bulldogs won their second game in a row Saturday, their first consecutive wins of the 2012-13 season, with a 64-56 home win over the USC Trojans.

The Bulldogs (4-7) can thank sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the win. The Trojans held a one-point halftime lead, but Georgia stormed out of the locker room with a 12-2 run to take a lead. It would not look back.

Caldwell-Pope had 10 points during that 12-2 run, and he finished with 25 on the game. Nineteen of those 25 came in the second half.

Caldwell-Pope told he "wanted to give the team an early Christmas present."

"We wanted to go out there in the mindset to go out there and play hard and get us a win. We wanted to push the ball to start the second half. We figured they were getting tired the way they were showing the body language. So we tried to push it and give some easy baskets in transition."

USC got as close as 47-45 with about 10 minutes left in the game, but Caldwell-Pope answered on the next possession with a 3-pointer. The Trojans would not get closer than three thereafter.

Georgia had not won consecutive games since last season, when it ended the regular season with a win then won its first game in the SEC Tournament.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.