Sold-out crowds at Stegeman Coliseum certainly got their money’s 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’ Tuesday night.
“I’m proud of our team, I’m proud of our fans, but we’ve got to win the heartbreaker,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “It was a big game, too. I don’t think it was too big a game for us, but it was a big game. We haven’t been in a lot of these situations.”
What impact those losses might have on Georgia come NCAA tournament selection time remains to be seen.
Five of Georgia’s next seven SEC games are on the road, starting with Saturday’s 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.
“It was a devastating loss,” Georgia forward Travis Leslie said.
Two of Georgia’s five losses this season came in double overtime.
The Bulldogs’ lost to Notre Dame 89-83 on Nov. 25 in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
“We’ve just got to get back up and just keep working and just keep trying to improve like we’ve done all season,” guard Dustin Ware said. “That’s worked pretty good for us so far.”
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