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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points as UGA shot 39.3 percent in Wednesday night's loss. (Photo courtesy of LSUSports.net)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Georgia men’s basketball team dropped its third game in a row Wednesday night, losing 61-53 at LSU.
Senior guard Gerald Robinson led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds.
“We got off to a very poor start and had to play uphill from that point forward,” said UGA coach Mark Fox. “They had more free throw attempts than us, but we have to have a more mature mentality when we come to the gym."
LSU (17-10, 7-6 SEC) got off to a quick start, opening the game on a 10-0 run. Georgia (12-15, 3-10 SEC) trailed the entire first half, but took back some momentum with a run to end the half, shrinking the Tigers’ lead to 29-23 heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Georgia chipped away at LSU’s lead, cutting it to three points twice, but LSU always seemed to have an answer.
“We got back in position to win the game after a slow start,” Fox said. “After the slow start, that was the mission. They made those back-to-back 3s which really hurt us.”
Andre Stringer and Ralston Turner’s back-to-back three-pointers catapulted the Tigers to an 8-2 run with just over four minutes remaining. The Bulldogs put together a frantic 9-3 run in the closing minutes of the game to cut the deficit to four, but couldn’t get any closer.
In the loss, Georgia shot 23 fewer free throws than LSU, and grabbed six fewer rebounds.
The Bulldogs return to SEC play Saturday with a 4 p.m. home game against Florida.
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