Sold-out crowds at Stegeman Coliseum certainly got their money‚Äôs worth on back-to-back Tuesdays, but Tennessee and Florida left Athens with the victories.
Georgia fell to 14-5, 3-3 in the SEC after its 104-91 double overtime loss to the Gators‚Äô Tuesday night.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud of our team, I‚Äôm proud of our fans, but we‚Äôve got to win the heartbreaker,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Fox said. ‚ÄúIt was a big game, too. I don‚Äôt think it was too big a game for us, but it was a big game. We haven‚Äôt been in a lot of these situations.‚Äù
What impact those losses might have on Georgia come NCAA tournament selection time remains to be seen.
Five of Georgia‚Äôs next seven SEC games are on the road, starting with Saturday‚Äôs game at No. 12 Kentucky. The Bulldogs have a nonconference home game during that stretch against Xavier.
The double overtime game marked the longest game between the rivals in a series that goes all the way back to the 1923-24 season.
A week after Georgia just dealt with a crushing loss at the buzzer to Tennessee, the Bulldogs had victory ripped away again when Erving Walker threw up an improbable 30-foot 3-ponter to tie the game and force a second overtime.
‚ÄúIt was a devastating loss,‚Äù Georgia forward Travis Leslie said.
Two of Georgia‚Äôs five losses this season came in double overtime.
The Bulldogs‚Äô lost to Notre Dame 89-83 on Nov. 25 in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve just got to get back up and just keep working and just keep trying to improve like we‚Äôve done all season,‚Äù guard Dustin Ware said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs worked pretty good for us so far.‚Äù
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