UGA men’s basketball team has improvement on its mind tonight against Southern Miss

The Georgia men’s basketball team returns to action tonight with improvement on its mind.

UGA men's basketball team has improvement on its mind tonight against Southern Miss
Ethan Burch

Georgia (1-1), which hosts Southern Miss at 8 p.m. tonight, fell to Youngstown State 68-56 in its regional round of the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday. The Bulldogs were unable to score in the game’s opening four minutes, allowing the Penguins (2-0) to run away with a victory. Georgia head coach Mark Fox said scoring was not the Bulldogs’ only issue against Youngstown State, and he planned to address more weak areas in practice this week.

“On the list of things we need to address … if you think of something basketball, we need to address it,” said Fox, whose team plays tonight in the second regional game of the classic. “We’ve got a lot of things we need to clean up.”

Georgia’s bench accounted for 11 points in Monday’s loss but still managed to outscore Youngstown State’s bench, which finished with seven.

“I didn’t think that our bench played well except for Tim Dixon,” Fox said.

Dixon finished the game with eight points, and tied for second in Georgia’s individual scoring against Youngstown.

Junior guard Marcus Thornton also finished with eight points, and he said Georgia cannot be distracted by the outside backlash from its disappointing loss.

“We can’t think about what other people are going to be saying about our team,” Thornton said. “We just have to pick our heads up and move forward.”

Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished Monday’s game with 27 points to lead Georgia in scoring. He was the only Bulldog to find his shooting rhythm as he connected on 10 of his 18 field goal attempts. Caldwell-Pope said after Monday’s loss that Georgia must focus solely on its practices if it plans to see a turnaround by today.

“We need to get into practice court and work harder,” Caldwell-Pope said. “After the game, Coach Fox just told us in the locker room that we need to play more together, pick our heads up and work harder.”

Georgia had a slow start on Monday, but Thornton credited the team’s struggles to being too comfortable and even overconfident. Thornton said Georgia was beat by a worthy opponent, and the only thing left to do was prepare for Southern Mississippi.

“We just have to come with a better mindset,” Thornton said. “I think we were too comfortable, but I think a lot of that’s changed. We’ve definitely been humbled tonight (Monday) being beat by a very good team in Youngstown State, so there’s nothing we can do but come in tomorrow and try to change our attitude and take another step forward for Southern Miss.”

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