Georgia’s upset at No. 21 Missouri Wednesday night transcended just being a stunning win by a 13-point underdog because coach Mark Fox’s tears at the end showed the human side of sports.
It’s why SportsCenter made it the second story on its overnight edition.
As Fox said before he left for Kansas for the Tuesday evening memorial service for his father, Raymond Lewis Fox, who died on Saturday: “It’s something that everybody deals with in life.”
Fox arrived in Columbia, Mo., early Wednesday morning and his team notched the 70-64 overtime win later that night. Here’s the game story.
So can this be a turning point for a team that had gone .500 entering SEC play without a significant win or was it just one special night?
“I want them to enjoy this for tonight and tomorrow we’ll go back to work,” Fox said in a postgame interview with the Georgia radio crew. “I’ll be darned sure that they’re not patting themselves on the back when we go to practice.”
Some other tidbits from after the win:
–Georgia still has the lowest RPI in the SEC at 176, but a schedule that offers up Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Kentucky in the next five can help that if the Bulldogs do their part. The Bulldogs play next on Saturday at home at 4 p.m. against the Crimson Tide.
–Fox preached defense and rebounding heading into the game. Georgia won the rebounding battle 43-34 and held Missouri 39.3 percent shooting.
–At least the free throw shooting didn’t cost Georgia the win. The Bulldogs made just 13 of 26.
–Georgia snapped Missouri’s 26-game home winning streak, which was tied for the nation’s longest. It was just the second loss in 44 home games for Missouri under coach Frank Haith.
–The Bulldogs won their seventh game against a ranked opponent under Fox. They had lost seven straight to ranked opponents.
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