Bulldogs pull out impressive 70-68 overtime win over No. 20 Miss. State

Pretty impressive win by Georgia on Saturday. The Bulldogs went to Starkville and took down No. 20 Mississippi State. The Maroon Dogs are, in my opinion, one of the best-built teams in the SEC south of Kentucky. So I certainly wasn’t expecting Georgia’s first SEC road win to come there.

In case you missed the telecast, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a late 3-pointer in overtime and finished with 20 points to lead the Bulldogs to the 70-68 victory. Gerald Robinson’s bucket sent the game into the extra period.

Following was the AP burst. Wanted to give folks a chance to comment. . . .

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, including a crucial 3-pointer late in overtime, and Georgia beat No. 20 Mississippi State 70-68 on Saturday.

Georgia (12-12, 3-7) earned its first Southeastern Conference road win this season and only its second road victory overall. Gerald Robinson Jr. added 13 points, including eight in overtime. Dustin Ware had 11.

Mississippi State (19-6, 6-4) was led by Dee Bost’s 21 points. The senior guard missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have tied it.

Georgia trailed for much of the game, but Robinson hit a driving layup with 27 seconds remaining that sent the game to overtime. Georgia won at Humphrey Coliseum for the first time since 2002.

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HedgesHaven

February 11th, 2012
6:06 pm

Great win by the dawgs…nice little saturday

or give me south georgia

February 11th, 2012
6:08 pm

Great result

mike w. on lake hartwell

February 11th, 2012
6:16 pm

Go dawgs! Gata. One at a time. Hey rhb!

Coach Bobo's Playbook

February 11th, 2012
6:19 pm

A very pleasant surprise….! Now, they actually have a decent shot to end up with a .500 regular season, maybe even a winning season IF they can upset Vandy or Florida. LSU and S. Carolina (twice) are 3 very winnable games. ………….GO DAWGS!

Frank Lane

February 11th, 2012
6:34 pm

Very impressive. Congratulations guys.

Allison.Derek'swife

February 11th, 2012
6:54 pm

What a great game

oldbird

February 11th, 2012
6:57 pm

That was a great game and the pups are becoming dawgs as the season progresses. How good could we be with Leslie and Thompkins?

Coastal Dawg

February 11th, 2012
7:05 pm

Very impressive on the road. All I ask is to play hard and show improvement as the season progresses….looks like it is happening.

TDawg

February 11th, 2012
7:13 pm

Great win. Best I have seen our front line, particularly Dontae Williams play all year. Gerald had a tough game but kept plugging and basically took over at the end. KCP had a really nice game with dominant 1st half and big 3 in OT. Go Dawgs GATA!!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

February 11th, 2012
7:30 pm

I’m impressed with how this team has gotten a lot better lately, starting with Arkansas. Our front line is undersized but D Williams and Thornton are playing hard and giving a significant boost to our offense.

Fox has done a great job bringing this young team around. We’re not UK in BB (and not in FB either, thank goodness) so we don’t have 5 stars sitting on the bench. We still need some recruits for next yr and develop our young players that we have this yr to have a realistic chance at the NCAA tourney in 2013.

Buzz2011

February 11th, 2012
7:38 pm

Dawgs SEC champs in basketball .. Dream team, no doubt!!

AceDawg

February 11th, 2012
7:47 pm

UGA’s offense has been so poor this year, it’s nice to see two straight gams (minus the first 10 minutes today) where UGA was able to actually do some damage with the rock. They still really need to pull in a big recruit or two for next year if they want to be a tourney team, but at least the young guys are forming a decent nucleus. Pope will certainly be a big time threat by next year.

MS. Bully

February 11th, 2012
7:50 pm

Great win by UGA. Caught State at a good time after beating Ole Miss late Thursday night and then playing early today. The SEC schedule makers suck. Hope we get a rematch in the tourney.

dmr

February 11th, 2012
7:56 pm

A good win for a young team. Mark Fox keeps pushing his club to be better. I like the job he is doing. The Dawgs need to find a couple of big men for next season. I like the way they are pushing themselves through a rough season. Definitely better times ahead. KEEP AFTER IT DAWGS!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

February 11th, 2012
8:08 pm

Buzz2011,

I didn’t think it possible for ANYONE to confuse BB with FB but it looks like you did.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 11th, 2012
8:12 pm

Great win for FOX’s team.

Who Me?

February 11th, 2012
8:14 pm

Well played young men – this from a team that isn’t on anybody’s radar screen this year. To go into MSU’s house and take one on the road is a sign of good things to come.

Nice coaching job Mark Fox, way to keep the guys focused and hustling, it’s starting to pay off now.

Top Row Dog

February 11th, 2012
9:30 pm

Woo, and Nkemdiche visited Athens today. Great Saturday!

Good

February 11th, 2012
9:38 pm

wins by the Bulldogs…first Arky and then #20 Miss St. Glad to see it.

BobDawg

February 11th, 2012
10:42 pm

Great win by the Dawgs and they are growing up quickly. Who us the recruit we recently signed in BBall?? Also great to see Kemdiche in Athens this weekend

Hairy Dawg

February 11th, 2012
10:52 pm

I’m just hoping we can finish above .500 this year and get into a postseason tournament of some kind.

Hoops Dawg

February 11th, 2012
11:20 pm

Beat SC twice, beat LSU on the road, and upset either Florida or Vandy at home, and I think we get an NIT invite. As I have said before, if Mark Fox gets THIS inexperienced team to the NIT, he would, IMO, be deserving of Coach of the Year in the SEC.

phil

February 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

Get real, guys.

Yes, a great win. Definitely. Proud of the team.

But reality will retuen swiftly. Like the passing of the eye of a hurricane.

We’ll get our butts pounded again soon enough, off will come the wheels and that will be that.

It’s just the way it is with poor teams with equally poor coaches.

Let’s enjoy the win while trying to do so w/o overreacting and declaring an imminent championship run.

phil

February 11th, 2012
11:39 pm

Had enough

February 12th, 2012
3:39 am

Nit here we come.

coondawg69

February 12th, 2012
6:52 am

Hands down CMF best win to date. Yes, there was Kentucky last year, but that was in Athens with 4 Jr and 2 Sr on the team. Look at Kentucky’s record on the road… it’s 500 under Calipari.

Hats off to the team.

D-MAN

February 12th, 2012
8:32 am

Good win no doubt,but we have got to start getting big bodies in
recruiting to compete! These midget guards aint goona get it!

LakeDawg

February 12th, 2012
9:00 am

Nice win. Mark Fox can definitely coach. However, this team isn’t very talented and we can’t expect them to shoot from the outside like that the rest of the way. UGA will not sweep SC (twice) and LSU. I don’t think the NIT is in the offing, but hope I’m wrong. Next year, there will be an upgrade in talent with the new class, but no big men. Hopefully Williams, Thorton, and Flo can continue to progress.

Sloan

February 12th, 2012
9:07 am

Mark Fox is not a poor coach. Quite the contrary! But it remains to be seen what kind of recruiter he is. And that will make it or break it for him at UGA.

coacht

February 12th, 2012
9:11 am

great win by dogs. peaking near tournament time…..typical Fox coaching.

Commo di Surquesa

February 12th, 2012
9:12 am

These bozos can’t even beat Georgia Tech in Athens.

coacht

February 12th, 2012
9:13 am

Anybody who doesn’t like the way Coach Fox is working this thing must be a dunce. Most of the time those with loudest mouths haven’t much to say. Same here. Fox is doing a great job. We have a great freshmen group getting better and better.

Birddawg

February 12th, 2012
9:31 am

I agree that Fox is doing a good job. They just need to get better at recruiting, especially in the state.

claytondawg

February 12th, 2012
9:36 am

Nice to see our BB ‘dogs take a road win. Gotta be happy about this one. I agree with a lot of you: Need some recruiting of a few big boys to get this team moving in the right direction.

tony

February 12th, 2012
10:00 am

Mark Fox has done a better job @uga than the 3 previous head coaches and he’s getting it done with 3 star players(exept Pope). If he can get strength in the post they will be a dangerous basketball team next season. I believe Charles Mann will be an upgrade at the point next season and J.J. Frazier(2013 commit) will create havoc for the opposition when he get there. Good job coach.

CasualObserver

February 12th, 2012
10:54 am

Buzz2011…come back and talk smack after Tech beats a top-20 team on the road, until then stfu. And before you come back with the usual “ACC is so much stronger than SEC” crap, notice that two teams from UGA’s half of the SEC are in the top 10, ranked 1st and 7th or 8th, while to top two ACC teams are ranked 5th and 10th. UGA is by no meand a basketball power, but then it doesn’t pretend or even really try to be. Tech thinks it is, tries really hard to be, and still sucks!

sandiegodawg

February 12th, 2012
11:59 am

enjoyed catching the Dawgs on tv yesterday out west and a nice exciting ending

AltamahaDawg

February 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

What! Nobody has figured out how to make this story about Richt’s record in game playing teams that were ranked much higher than his team in past 5 years yet? It was 3:00 am at some point last night, wasn’t it?

will

February 12th, 2012
1:12 pm

This time last week I was worried about UGA and job done by the coaching staff this year. Not the wins and losses but the seemingly lack of progress during the season. Before the season began, i thought we could be measured by our performance against Auburn, Ole Miss, UT, USC and tech. These are all average to below average teams that UGA should be able to beat. Unfortunately,UGA and only beaten UT (hadn’t played USC yet). Worse than losing to these teams seemed to be the lack of improvement. For example, when UGA beat Notre Dame early in the season, this was truly two bad teams playing each other. Since then, UGA has improved marginally while ND has turned into a pretty good ball team.

As I said, this is how I felt this time last week. Now…..two wins against two teams that I did not think we could beat – two wins in one week don’t make a season but it does make me feel better about the direction of this team.

Mark Fox is a good coach with a good staff. Unfortunately, if he is successful, the bigger programs looking for a coach will take him just as Tubby Smith left for UK. I don’t think UGA will ever be a nationally competitive basketball school (not sure if I believe football team can reach a level or year in and year out national competitiveness either) but, if Mark Fox stays for a while, I think he will make the program a frequent tourney visitor and maybe once in a while a team than can advance to the Sweet Sixteen .

Bright Idea

February 12th, 2012
1:41 pm

I’m glad the kids get to enjoy some wins. Fox is a good coach who we must keep to provide stability to the program. It may take 5-6 more years for recruits to take Georgia seriously. This team is not very good but they still play hard despite their lack of athleticism.

Just Asking

February 12th, 2012
4:36 pm

This team showed what they can do. If a few more recruits catch the vision, there is no telling what they can do next year and the year after that.

Fair n Balanced

February 12th, 2012
4:44 pm

A chance to save the season…..sorta. Go .500 and win a game in SEC tournament and finish with optimism. But….let’s be honest, this is not where we thought we would be after 3 seasons with a million $ coach!

coacht

February 12th, 2012
5:30 pm

Fair and B-oneheaded,
we are not at this point in time evaluating “after 3 seasons”…
we are entering the tournament time of the end of the third season. Fox has a sophomore class and a freshman class recruited so far. We’re in a hole but we’ve got some shovels recruited to dig us out. With our transfer recruits and the recruits Fox has signed we’re moving in the right direction. We’re sort of like Vandy is in football. We’re not much of a basketball school right now and haven’t been. We’re behind Kentucky, Bama, Florida and Arkansas & others….that’s the fact.
And Fox is getting paid to turn it around and get us taken seriously. NO small job.
We were in the dance last year and we are starting to find a way to be dangerous late in this season. It’s a tournament sport. We could play our way into the ncaa or nit .
I’ve got little patience for skeptics who don’t know jack. We’re more relevant now than anytime since 1983 and 1984 when Coach Durham’s teams peaked. Let’s be honest. Fair n B, your comments are UNbalanced. Where did you think we would be after 2.5 seasons considering how far behind the rest of the pack we were? Did you think we’d unseat Kentucky and a century of tradition after 2.5 years and a new paint job on the old gym? Yes, we need to recruit Atlanta and Fox is doing that….(KCP)…but there’s more to Ga than Atlanta and 4 and 5 star recruits want to go where the game is taken seriously for more than 2.5 years.

this dawg want hunt!!

February 12th, 2012
6:52 pm

Miss.St overlooks UGA after beating it’s arch-rival Miss. and all of a sudden Fox is a great coach again. Give me a fu—ing break. Fox has proven he can’t coach time and time again. Especially last year when he had 2 of the top 10 players in the SEC, and he was lucky to finish above .500 in the SEC. His mind farts during games against Tenn, Florida, and Vandy in athens last year, and his mindless timeout against Bama in SEC tourny last year proves this guy has no clue what he is doing during crunch time in big games. Couple that with the fact he can’t recruit in state, and you will continue to have 4 wins per year in the SEC. Totally pathetic, and UGA fans think this guy is the answer. My GOD, wakeup people, basketball is one sport that a decent coach can turn around a program in a few years. But this guy isn’t close. He won with Felton’s recruits last year, and now in his 3rd year, he has all of his recruits, and you can see the results. The guy is a joke when it comes to recruiting, and there are no players coming in next year that will be difference makers. Unfortunately for UGA fans, Bama once again got the best coach that was available, that being Grant, and Panty chaser Evans got the no-name coach, that will remain a no-name. Grant is a much better recruiter, and he has already gotten more top recruits from Atlanta than Fox will ever get. Damn, doesn’t that sound familiar? A Bama coach raping the state of Ga. for big time players. When will this mediocrity at UGA ever end in Football and basketball? Why does UGA have to settle for mediocre coaches in Richt and Fox, and sit and watch Bama’s coaches cherry pick the state’s top talent. McGarity is a joke, and so is Adams,Richt and Fox. UGA fans deserve better, but unfortunately it will never happen as long as Adams is at the top.

tony

February 12th, 2012
8:21 pm

this dawg want hunt, you are being somewhat unfair about Fox. He did better with Felton’s recruits than what Felton was able to do with them and he has a better record than Felton and the other two coaches before him. I’m not saying that Fox was the right man for the job but he’s not a terrible hc. Personally, I would of hired Bobby Knight or Brad Stevens but I’m not the AD.

As for the football team goes, I wish Chris Petersen was the hc because I don’t think Mr Richt care enough to win championships @uga.

Upstate Dawg

February 12th, 2012
9:31 pm

In spite of our veterans in the backcourt, this is a very young team. Young teams are usually quite inconsistent. The contrast in the Auburn and Miss State games couldn’t bear that out more clearly.

Mark Fox is a great coach working with fair talent and minimal fan support. Until those facts change, the results won’t be what we’d ultimately like. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the “ups” and endure the “downs” which dot a 30-game season. Go Dawgs!

A person SMART enough to know......

February 12th, 2012
9:45 pm

GSU is in Atlanta

February 12th, 2012
10:23 pm

Nice win by you guys tonight, I think that you can get an NIT invite with a late run. I think a win over FL is definitely in the cards because they have been on a slide lately, but not sure about beating Vandy, I guess it depends on which Vandy team shows up.

Columbus

February 12th, 2012
11:59 pm

Fox is a great coach. My hope has been all season that the team would benefit by their difficult schedule and mature through the SEC season and come SEC tournament time, be ready to make some noise. Time will certainly tell.

Columbus

February 13th, 2012
12:12 am

Richt has taken UGA to the SEC championship 4 times in the last 10-11 years. The ONLY other team to make it that many times was…..LSU. Both 4 times. Rucht has done more for UGA since Herschel was there than all the coaches combined. Has Herschel not showed up, Dooley would have been fired and you can take away a national championship and 3 sec championships Dooley won. Richt should be considered a blessing. No coach wins a national championship in their first 10 years of beign a head coach and during Richts first 10 his record is amongst the best in college football history. He is NOW getting into his prime, when the greats FIRST won their a NC. The next 5 years for UGA will be AWESOME. How many SEC championships games do you see UGA going to the next 5 years? 5? Richt has the team in posiiton to do just that. Win one of them and you know UGA will be playing for the NC. Win 2 of them, thats 2 shots and so on. Richt has UGA in position to win it all and some ignorant blind people wish Richt was not coach? Do you remember the 20 years before Richt. Pretty sad except for Herschel’s last couple. One year an upset of Texas in the Cotton Bowl in 84′. Other than that there was no major bowls. No sec titles or EVEN championship games! Richt has taken UGA to 4 and won it twice and the other year had us in line for the NC but BCS took LSU instead when UGA was the BEST team in the country but had an early loss. So the BCS throws UGA a bone after they THRASHED Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, by ranking a much weaker UGA team #1 in the preseason poll. That really made Richt look bad because expectations were so high and the team was not NEARLY as good as the year before as a whole. That actually started the decline of UGA as they had to significantly REBUILD with Cox at QB and then Murray as a freshman and Green being suspended and OL being decimated with injuries. etc.

Richt HELD the DAWGS together THROUGH ALL OF THAT and HAS UGA IN POSITION QUICK! TO WIN IT ALL. ARE YOU BLIND? THEN NOW YOU SEE!