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November 14, 2006
Official Basketball Box Score
Official Basketball Box Score -- 1st Half
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite four double-figure scoring performances, the Georgia men's basketball team (1-1) fell to Western Kentucky (2-0) 70-67 Tuesday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
"This loss is our fault," said head coach Dennis Felton. "Western Kentucky is aggressive and they did exactly what they had to do. We did not push the ball. We had a foot on the gas and on the brake at the same time."
After winning the opening tip the Bulldogs quickly got off to a 2-0 start following a turnaround jumper by senior Steve Newman at 19:41. Western Kentucky then turned the ball over leading to a three-point play as sophomore Rashaad Singleton went up strong to the basket and converted on the free throw. The Hilltoppers answered back with a two-point shot from junior Courtney Lee at 18:52 followed by a three-pointer by sophomore Daniel Emerson to tie the game 5-5. It was a back-and-forth battle for the majority of the half with both teams shooting over 52 percent.
Georgia's largest lead of the stanza came on two occasions, first at 13:54 off a Stukes three-pointer then at 10:38 when Stukes dished the alley-oop to Mercer. Western Kentucky would, again, chip away at the lead bringing the score to within two points at the 2:29 mark. The Bulldogs converted on their next two attempts before Humphrey buried the three just before the buzzer to give Georgia the 42-36 edge going into the locker room.
The offensive battle continued throughout the second half with the Hilltoppers continuously cutting away at the lead not allowing it to exceed single digits until the 11:56 mark. Junior Dave Bliss tapped in the Mercer missed shot to put the Bulldogs up 54-44. The lead would continue to fluctuate over the next nine minutes until the 1:41 mark where Western Kentucky tied it up off a floater from Tyrone Brazelton. Both teams would then commit turnovers on simultaneous possessions.
As the shot clock rounded down for Georgia sophomore Billy Humphrey was forced to take a shot which was blocked. The Hiltoppers' Benson Callier was fouled at 19.7 where he hit the front end of a one-and-one to give Western Kentucky its first lead of the game. The Bulldogs would miss the shot on their next possession being forced to commit the quick foul. Lee would hit the pair of crucial shots from the charity stripe to clinch the win for the Hilltoppers.
For the game, both teams combined for a total of 43 turnovers with Georgia recording 20. The Bulldogs dominated the blocking category tallying 10 rejected shots to Western Kentucky's two.
Georgia returns to the hardwood Saturday when they take on Valdosta State at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. (ET)