Jackets fizzle again, but Radakovich in Hewitt’s corner

Georgia's Gerald Robinson drives past Tech's Daniel Miller for a layup in the second half, and the Bulldogs rallied for a 73-72 win. (AP photo)

Georgia's Gerald Robinson drives past Tech's Daniel Miller for a layup in the second half, and the Bulldogs rallied for a 73-72 win. (AP photo)

For most of the evening, it looked like early December basketball: Missed jumpers, mistimed passes and long stretches of mediocrity interrupted by the occasional highlight.

Actually, if you flipped back the calendar a couple of weeks, it was the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech football game.

In the end, the Bulldogs won this one, too, 73-72 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The difference: a 3-pointer by the Dogs’ Dustin Ware that broke a tie with 18 seconds remaining, followed by a Tech team that looked again as if it lacked either a plan or an ability to execute thereafter.

Why would Glen Rice drive the lane for a layup with 6.8 seconds left rather than attempt to set up a three-pointer to tie it?

Why, with the Jackets inbounding the ball with 2.8 seconds left, would Brian Oliver attempt a low-percentage pass the length of the court to center Daniel Miller when there probably was time for a mid-court pass, a dribble and a shot? (The pass was intercepted by Travis Leslie.)

Neither team looked March-ready. Or even January-ready. But only one made plays to win the game, and it wasn’t the Jackets.

Georgia coach Mark Fox wasn’t thrilled with his team’s performance but said: “We feel like we’re leaving here with a good win.”

That’s more than Paul Hewitt could say. Of Oliver’s pass, he said: “Just a [bad] read. The next time he’s in that situation, he’ll make a good decision.”

But an impatient fan base isn’t allowing Hewitt much room for error. This was only the second time in 16 years since the Tech-Georgia game was shifted back on campus that the home team lost. Both times, the Dogs have won at Alexander. The last time: 10 years ago in Hewitt’s first season.

The masses aren’t happy on North Avenue. That’s when there are masses. It doesn’t speak well for the feeling around the program when there are 2,000 empty seats in a 9,000-seat arena.

But before the game, Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich stood up for Hewitt.

“We went to the finals of the ACC tournament last year,” Radakovich said. “We went to the second round of the NCAA tournament. That wasn’t a bad year.”

So you’re satisfied?

“You’re never satisfied unless you win it all,” he said. “But there was significant progress over the previous couple of years. I feel like we’re going in the right direction.”

He said he’s aware of the concern over the direction of the program, adding: “I’m not oblivious to it. But Paul and I talk an awful lot about where the program’s going the next couple of years, bringing in some players that we think will [not leave early]. One-and-dones aren’t bad if you understand them from the beginning. It’s the ones who leave when you don’t expect it that really put the program behind the eight ball.”

Three weeks ago the Jackets lost at Kennesaw State. That left the impression the program was under the eight ball, not behind it. (If the loss wasn’t humiliating enough, consider that the Owls are 0-5 since.)

Radakovich, with a slight smile: “Yeah, we hit a bump at Kennesaw State.”

A bump?

“OK, a pothole. A crevice. An iceberg.”

It pays sometime to have a sense of humor when the barbarians are at the gate. But this end-of-game fizzle won’t help Hewitt’s cause.

The teams shot a combined 25-for-62 in the first half. Georgia at least had an excuse. Leslie sat for most of the half with two early fouls. When he returned in the second half, so did some semblance of flow to the Dogs’ offense.

They made five consecutive three-pointers in one stretch. They finally took their first lead at 48-47 on a three-point shot by Sherrard Brantley with 11:36 remaining. The Jackets fought back. Effort wasn’t the issue, execution was. But that has become a familiar sight.

– By Jeff Schultz


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489 comments Add your comment

merbertmoover

December 7th, 2010
9:46 pm

FIRST BABY!!!!

mmgtfan

December 7th, 2010
9:47 pm

NOOOoooo!!!!!! He’s got to go

DodgerDAWG

December 7th, 2010
9:47 pm

Don’t fret tech, March 22 2011 you get to lose to UGA again in baseball

GTBob

December 7th, 2010
9:48 pm

DRad is still in Hewitt’s corner? DRad needs to be fired then. If he can’t see what is going on then he seriously lacks any basketball IQ. Just because Lawal and Favors pushed us to the NCAA tournament last year does not mean that this program is headed in the right direction.

Woodie

December 7th, 2010
9:48 pm

I know- The Gators have taken 18 of 21.

GTBlogScott

December 7th, 2010
9:48 pm

Blah Blah Blah. There’s always a “why”, because we seem to always need one. I’d love to get through half a season and think to myself “why not”, but it never happens. Here we go again.

merbertmoover

December 7th, 2010
9:49 pm

man, every time ware hit those treys, merbert be like “hey hey”! jumpin out of my seat and stuff! the bees be lookin all sluggish, like they spending too much time with their heads in the honeycomb, you know what im sayin?

Cumming Dawg

December 7th, 2010
9:50 pm

We own you! Take it like the crying babies that you are! Whooooooooos your Daddy!!!!!!!!!!1

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

December 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

We love Paul Hewitt! 12 year plan is working out OH so well! Hewitt is now 4-7 against UGA. Dawgs run this state.

CPJ is 1-2 against UGA. LMAO! Dawgs run this state!

Round Ball Dawg

December 7th, 2010
9:52 pm

Just like football, way to go Dawgs! Should have been a bigger win but a win is a win….

Coffee Bluff DAWG

December 7th, 2010
9:53 pm

Great job Dustin showing GT how to hit the 3, especially in their backyard when it counted. Glad to see Fox building the BB program back up.

SIC EM WOOF WOOF!!

aubrey

December 7th, 2010
9:55 pm

It is hard to believe that anyone, much less the AD couyld be in Hewitt’s corner. The man has proven that he cannot win consistantly with one and done players, that he cannot coach good players to play up to their potential, and though he has a reputation as a good recruiter he has a team with 8 guards and just 3 or 4 bigs. How long will it take for the albatros of a contract to be put aside, for PH to be fired, and for a real coach to be hired. DRad might need to start thinking about his own position if he contihues to support and incompetent and ineffective coach.

Cumming Dawg

December 7th, 2010
9:55 pm

We own you! Take it like the crying babies that you are! Whooooooooos your Daddy!!!!!!!!!!1

CLT_Buzz

December 7th, 2010
9:57 pm

Geez-a-pete, what a pathetic and complete lack of coaching will or intelligence!!! Ware goes 7 for 9 from downtown and there is no white jersey anywhere near him. Is it just me or should Hewitt have put a body on the guy after he hit 4 or 5 of those 3 pointers?! D-Rad…Hewitt’s corner is a pretty lonely place with just the two of you!

Hewitt

December 7th, 2010
9:57 pm

Mark it down, the McCamish Center funds had stipulations for a buyout at the end of this season. McCamish isn’t funding a multi-million state-of-the-art basketball complex to be run by a below-average coach. DRad will/must make a change.

TechDan

December 7th, 2010
9:58 pm

The only reason DRad is “Still in Hewitt’s corner” is because we can’t afford to fire him.

trey

December 7th, 2010
9:58 pm

(( 42-34 ))
(( 73-72 ))

Who’s your daddy maggots?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

(( Shreveport ))
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Herschel Talker

December 7th, 2010
9:58 pm

Schultzie:

UGA owns Tech. Period. End of story.

HT

SWGADAWG

December 7th, 2010
9:58 pm

We win the game played by two teams that just can’t seem to stay consistant. But in the end…we win. Give Hewitt a chance….please.

SC Jacket

December 7th, 2010
10:01 pm

If the AD thinks GT Basketball is going in the right direction, he needs too be fired too.

TS

December 7th, 2010
10:01 pm

Was DRad implying that they didn’t think Favors was one and done?

Does DRad not have his stomach tied in knots watching the Jackets flail around the court?

Does DRad not realize that it took 2 NBA-caliber point guards (Jack & Bynum) to overcome Hewitt’s offensive coaching and take the team to the Final Four? And that in every other season Tech has woefully underachieved its talent level?

Uugghhh.

Conyers Jacket

December 7th, 2010
10:02 pm

Fellow alums, let’s not forget this same coach led our team to an NCAAB champtionship game just a few short years ago. If UCONN wouldn’t have had all those NBA players we would have won it too.

The refs blew it tonight, we totally outpplayed UGag in every facet of this game.

I have no problem with D-Rad keeping Paul, heck we made the second round of the NCAA tourney LAST YEAR folks! Life could be worse, you could be in ATHENS!

PTC DAWG

December 7th, 2010
10:03 pm

It’s UGA/GT…UGA should win…and we do.

GT 93

December 7th, 2010
10:03 pm

There was a basketball game tonight? I thought we were playing again in 2012… Sure feels like it.

Steve

December 7th, 2010
10:04 pm

Ha ha, Woodie, what a loser. This has nothing to do with UGA and the Gaytors.

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DawginTX

December 7th, 2010
10:05 pm

I enjoyed a rare win at Alexander, but both teams had better improve before conference play starts. Good luck to the Jackets the rest of the year.

Jeckyll Island

December 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

42-34
42-34
42-34
42-34
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!

73-72
73-72
73-72
73-72
Two in a row!!!

GA Tech might not even be the third best team in Georgia…let’s see…UGA & Kennesaw State are both just better than Tech!!!!

Steve

December 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

There goes “Conyers Jacket” busting out the excuses already. Gotta love Tech fans. UGA could have won 88-53 and Tech fans would have an excuse. Hey Conyers, any excuses for the UGA win over Tech a few years ago 51-7?

Cumming Dawg

December 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

I hear Kennesaw State is trying to get GT scheduled for Home Coming. Whooooooooooooooos your daddy!!

suwaneedawg

December 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Hey, look at the bright side tech fans, baseball is only a few months away. You have a chance to beat a UGA team then. Until then, we run this state!

Hypocritical Dawgs

December 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

for all the talk they give North Avenue about how much they could careless. They sure do throw one big parade. Don’t party to hard UGA, i’d hate to see any more of you players in the big house.

Fire Paul Hewitt

December 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Ok. Fire DRad too. Lets clean house.

Your FaceBook Friend

December 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Someone from Conyers talking smack about Athens…

Of course it's the contract

December 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

Some day, an AD might look back and ask himself, Why was I fired for an act of omission instead of an act of commission. Should have acted and did not.

Reality Check Gator

December 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

All of us in the GatorNation hope to won our own trailer some day and have a job that requires you to wear something more than a wife beater and flip flops.

P. Hewitt

December 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

I’m here to stay!!!!

lane meyers

December 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

we dribble this state!

Hi St. Simons

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

Oh wow Christmas comes early again, not so much for St. Simons though.
Speaking of St. Simons . . . .

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42-34
9 of 10
73-72
2 in a row
Shreveport
The Blair Miss Project
Fish Fry
Karma
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Gold Jacket

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

Sorry coaching again by Hewitt! If you can’t beat Georgia …Tech will lose all those ACC games! Fire Hewitt now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

realist

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

DRad, you can sit in that new building all by yourself. Get a clue.

The Buzz

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

WE AIN”T EVEN THE THIRD BEST TEAM IN GA!

KSU & UGA BOTH WHIPPED US! WE SUCK!

suwaneedawg

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

A gator fan once again comes in a shows his ignorance. By the way, who did your basketball team lose to lately? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Once again over rated.

Boise Dawg

December 7th, 2010
10:10 pm

Pretty amazing as bad as Georgia has been this past decade with 3 different coaches and we have a winning record against Tech in basketball. That being said this game isn’t nearly as important as the football game and will have little impact on whether either team makes the post season. Tech lost to Georgia in a big upset the year they made the NCAA tournament finals…. but something tells me this Tech team probably will not make it to the NCAA tournament.

Great win though Dawgs… getting a road win against an ACC team will help some if they are on the bubble in March.

Not sorry about that St. Simons

December 7th, 2010
10:11 pm

How are you good old buddy old pal?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
42-34
9 of 10
73-72
2 in a row
Shreveport
The Blair Miss Project
Fish Fry
Karma
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Jeckyll Island

December 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

Where is that pathetic St. Simons?

42-34
42-34
42-34
42-34
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!
9 out of 10!!!!

73-72
73-72
73-72
73-72
Two in a row!!!

DAWGS OWN TECH!!!!!

BigDawg

December 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

As a Dawg fan, it’s hard to disagree with your assessment, Jeff. However, if I was going to give Hewitt the benefit of the doubt on one play, it would be the easy drive to the basket for 2 with 6.8 seconds left. Have you not seen us shoot free throws? Pathetic. I would have starting fouling with about 3 min left and put the Dawgs on the line. We have got to improve there if we are going to win in SEC.

Cumming Dawg

December 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

GT fizzled?? Started out slow and then fizzled out all together!!

Great comment Lane. ” We dribble this state”

Whoooooooooooooooos your Daddy!!

Tech Forever

December 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

Conyers Jacket

Are you serious? You’re still floating Hewitt cradit for a tourney run that happened almost SEVEN YEARS AGO!!!! Hell if that’s the criteria then Georgia should get rid of Fox and bring back Durham.

Here’s a piece of information that everyone except you seems to now know; Tech made the 2004 Final Four IN SPITE OF HEWITT….not because of him.

Hypocritical Dawgs

December 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

for all the talk they give North Avenue about how much they could careless. They sure do throw one big parade. Don’t party to hard UGA, i’d hate to see any more of your players in the big house.