Again we started off slow, letting UGA build a 8 point lead early. Then during the broadcast, SEC Network switches to ESPNU and lacrosse highlights. LACROSSEE HIGHLIGHTS! Then some CBB highlights. After a frantic 3 minutes they return to our game and we are now tied at 13. A blessing I guess.
Trey Thompkins played, but was clearly hobbled as he wasn't much of a force on the defensive side. He still put in 15 points, but we did a good job limiting his looks.
Charvez went 5-10 from 3 point range. You could tell by his 1st shot that he was gong to have a good day shooting. The key IMO was him stepping in and hitting a 15ft shot. It seemed to get him rolling. Green has a quiet 17 points... most in the 1st half and did a great job on the defensive side. Mitchell didn't get going until the 2nd half... ended up with 13 points.
Once we built the lead to 6 we never let UGA retake the lead (from memory). A few times they got within a bucket, but each time we responded with a basket. Our big men (Hines and Green) played pretty much 30 minutes in foul trouble with Hines fouling out with around 7 minutes to play in the 2nd half. The ovation he got was great. Hines laid it all on the line every game and easily made this team much better by his presence.
So we end the regular season 20-10 and 12-4 in the SEC. I thought we'd be 15-15 and 6-10. After St Thomas I was thinking I was optimistic. Coach Grant and his staff have done an amazing mid season turnaround. I doubt you can find a team that lacks size and shooters that can win 20 games in college basketball.
Next up... well we play Friday against the VU/UGA vs Auburn winner. Should be fun... and I plan on attending.