BOULDER, Colo. — The Georgia men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome an 18-point first-half deficit and saw its five-game win streak snapped Saturday as the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes beat the Bulldogs 84-70.
Nemanja Djurisic and Kenny Gaines led Georgia (6-5) offensively with 12 points apiece. Cameron Forte led the Bulldogs with five rebounds.
“Colorado is very balanced offensively and we knew they could score from a lot of places,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a release. “One of the things we talked about as a team is that we couldn’t send them to the foul line and we had to win the rebounding battle. And we didn’t do those two things which was the difference in the game.”
Colorado (11-2) shot a perfect 26-for-26 from the free-throw line and outrebounded Georgia 34-to-22.
After trailing by 18 points midway through the first half, the Bulldogs used a 11-4 run in the half’s final four minutes, including a three-pointer from Charles Mann with two seconds remaining, to cut Colorado’s lead to 46-35 heading into the break.
In the second half, Georgia shrunk the Colorado advantage to 10 points with six minutes remaining, but Colorado fought back behind seven straight points from Spencer Dinwiddle and strong free-throw shooting to hold on for its 11th win of the season.
Colorado has won 10 of its last 11 games. Askia Booker and Dinwiddle led the Buffaloes with 19 and 17 points, respectively. All five Colorado starters scored in double-figures.
Georgia will returns to action on Friday, Jan. 3 in the Washington D.C., visiting George Washington (11-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on CSS.