TAMPA, Fla. -- Despite having the game’s top scorer, the Georgia men’s basketball team dropped a 64-53 decision to the South Florida Bulls on Friday night.
The game, played in front of 5,167 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., was part of the SEC/Big East Challenge. The loss saw the Bulldogs season record fall to 2-5.
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 19 points and was the only Bulldog to score in double digits. Sophomore center John Cannon recorded a career-high eight points and was Georgia’s second-highest scorer.
The Bulls (5-2) led 7-2 in the opening minutes and finished the game on a 14-3 run. A Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer was the Bulldogs' lone field goal in the game's final seven minutes.
South Florida shot 47.6 percent and had four players score in double-figures. Georgia never led by more than two points and were whistled for 16 fouls opposed to nine for the home team.
“It felt like what really failed us in the game was our defense," UGA coach Mark Fox said. "We started the game poorly but then we settled down, ground things out and got the lead. In the gut of the game, when it was decided late in the second half, our defense and our rebounding failed us. We just didn’t get the stops we needed to get.
"Offensively in the second half we were playing very well until the end when we had to fire up some desperation shots. I thought offensively we had some pretty good numbers.”
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face in-state rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
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