GAME NOTES: The Georgia Bulldogs will close out the non-conference portion of
their schedule on Saturday as they welcome the Iona Gaels to Stegeman
Iona has dropped three of its last four contests to fall below .500 for the
first time since opening the 2010-11 season 2-3. That also marked the last
time the Gaels suffered back-to-back losses during the regular season. They
have been idle since last Saturday's 81-73 setback to Rutgers in the
ECAC/Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.
Georgia has been idle for 11 days due to final exams. The Bulldogs' last
outing resulted in a 62-54 loss at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4. They have lost two
in a row and six of their last seven games overall as they begin a five-game
This is the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
Iona trailed Rutgers by 22 points with ten and a half minutes to play, but a
huge rally saw the Gaels cut the deficit to one late in the contest. However,
the Scarlet Knights were able to end the threat with free throws down the
stretch. Ultimately, Rutgers' sizeable 47-29 rebounding advantage, including a
17-9 edge on the offensive glass, proved too much to overcome. Lamont James
paced Iona with a game-high 26 points and made all 14 of his free-throw
attempts. However, he also committed a game-high six turnovers. Sean Armand
chipped in with 17 points (and five turnovers), while Curtis Dennis scored 12
off the bench. Jones paces the squad with 21.7 points per game this season.
Armand is next in line with 19.9 ppg to go along with a team-best 6.3 rpg,
followed by Tre Bowman with 10.4 ppg.
Georgia has played just one home game in the past month, and all of that
traveling seemed to really catch up with the Bulldogs. UGA enters the weekend
shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor as a team and posting only 56.8 ppg.
The loss to Georgia Tech was the fifth straight game the Bulldogs were held
below 60 points, as they shot a dismal 31.6 percent from the floor and went 2-
of-17 from the perimeter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points and
13 boards, although he made only 5-of-18 field goals. The Bulldogs have lacked
scoring options behind the talented sophomore, who is averaging 17.4 points
and has led the team in scoring in all eight games. Caldwell-Pope has
accounted for 30 percent of the team's offensive production. Second-leading
scorer Nemanja Djurisic is averaging 7.8 ppg.
Neither of these teams is playing very well at the moment, but Iona seems more
likely to turn things around. Until the Bulldogs can find some help for
Caldwell-Pope, the losses will continue to mount.