Georgia scores impressive 76-62 upset of No. 12 Florida

ATHENS – Spotted two points before the opening tip, Georgia never relinquished that lead on the way to knocking off No. 12 Florida 76-62 Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Gators (22-7, 10-4 SEC) were assessed a technical foul because sophomore Casey Prather dunked the ball during pregame warmups. That’s considered an unsportsmanlike act, though it’s an infraction rarely enforced. Florida was also assessed a flagrant foul in the game’s final minute.

As it turned out, the Bulldogs (13-15, 4-10) could have given back all the freebies and still claimed victory as they played their best game of the season..

“It’s the first time I’ve seen it happen,” said freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 4 steals. “That definitely gave us a good feeling. It put us ahead two points and we just kept it going ’til the end of the game.”

The win broke a three-game losing streak for Georgia, which notched it’s second victory over a ranked team this season. The Bulldogs also knocked off No. 20 Mississippi State on Feb. 11. Georgia has won three of its last four home games against the Gators.

The Bulldogs will get a chance to pull off another an upset when they play No. 1-ranked Kentucky (28-1, 14-0) on Thursday in Lexington. Oddly enough, Georgia is the last team to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena (90-85 under interim coach Pete Herrmann in 2009).

“How much [of a chance] you think they’ll give us on Thursday?” Georgia coach Mark Fox quipped

It was the first loss in four games for Florida, which was trying to clinch a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament The Gators had their worst game of the season from 3-point range, shooting 21.7 percent and making only 5 treys. They are at Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

“I told Mark after the game that I really appreciated the job he’s done,” Florida coach Billy Donoan said. “When you’re 3-10 you can get beaten down and lose your fight. But Georgia fights all the time. Not just tonight. They do it all the time and I have a lot of respect for their team and their kids. I was happy for them.”

The reasons for Georgia’s upset were easily indentified in the final boxscore. The Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the field and had five players in double figures for the first time this season. Gerald Robinson had 7 assists to go with his 15 points. Sophomore forward Donte’ Williams had 11 points and 6 blocked shots. Dustin Ware was made two of his three 3-pointers and had three big steals down the stretch. Nemanja Djurisic had 12 points and 7 rebounds to put together a personal 7-0 run in one critical stretch midway through the second half.

“When you can beat [Florida] that’s certainly something to be proud of because I think they’re terrific,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “I think they’re well-coached. I think they’re first class in many ways. So that’s a great win for Georgia and I was real proud of our team.”

Freshman Bradley Beal led the Gators with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

One of Caldwell-Pope’s steals came with 48.5 seconds remaining and he punctuated it with an emphatic, one-handed dunk in front of UGA’s student section. It also elicited a flagrant foul on Florida’s Patric Young well behind the play.

“That got us hyped up to finish the game like that,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We were having a lot of fun.We had a great crowd and it just felt good out there tonight.

Florida trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half but closed to within 67-62 on Kenny Boynton’s 3-pointer at the 1:53 mark.

The Gators had a chance to get even closer, but Beal fouled Georgia’s Dustin Ware with one second on the shot-clock as they battled for possession of the ball just inside the timeline. Ware made both free throws to extend the lead to seven.

Georgia closed out the game 9-0 run with two dunks and five free throws.

“I’m just proud of my guys, just everybody as a unit continuing to fight,” Georgia’s Robinson said. “It’s easy when you’re going through a lot of struggles to just pack it in. But the guys have kept on working hard and continued to fight knowing we were going to reap the benefits at some point in time. Today was one of those days.”

115 comments Add your comment

John

February 25th, 2012
7:55 pm

Great win for Georgia, but also classy comments by Billy Donovan.

honest_abe

February 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

Bryan G.

February 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

Great win. They showed a lot of heart today

Dabo

February 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

Hammerhead

February 25th, 2012
8:02 pm

Hard to compliment a Gator, but Billy Donovan is a class act. Great win for the pups. Need an infusion of talent across the board; Coach Fox knows what he’s doing.

Dosta Dawg

February 25th, 2012
8:02 pm

Always good to beat the Gators. I agree, Donovan is a class act.

howmany

February 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Gator players were missing from this game?

Gainesville Dawg

February 25th, 2012
8:16 pm

Went to the game. Sat in the midst of quite a few Fla. fans, who were cordial but said they would use the free tee shirts given out tonight for washing their cars. Too bad they may get red all over their wash job.
UGA-a young team played a total game tonight!! It was so much fun to be there and watch them achieve something that they have worked so hard for this season. Proud of the Dawgs and Coach Fox.
Proud to be a real Dawg fan.
Saw Coaches Garner, Grantham, and Bobo with two prospective players? Left Stegman in a limo.

Thanks Ga. Dawgs for your game tonight!!!! a well-earned and deserved victory.

UGA basketball

February 25th, 2012
8:25 pm

UGA grad, class of 71 & 73 and one day soon, I want to see UGA field a solid, competitive team every year with a 22-5 20-7 type of squad. No, UGA fans never expect to really challenge for the BB NC but we do expect to often challenge for the SEC Tourney and go from there to March Madness and win one, two or three.
CMF can do this and we need some great Georgia born kids to do this.
Go Dogs

UGA89

February 25th, 2012
8:40 pm

@ Howmany
Gators only had one starter out due to a broken foot otherwise they were at full strength.
I wish I would have gone. Stegman sounded crazy loud. Another positive from the outcome of the game was that important recruits were at the game.

flatsdawg1

February 25th, 2012
8:43 pm

Mark Fox is a very talented coach and can get the dawgs deep in the big dance. He recruits good players and makes them better. If he can get a few great ones and convince them to stay the dawgs can be something special. I just hope when Fox gets them there, the powers that be make sure they keep him at UGA. Thank you Mark for another victory over the reptiles!! Always brings a smile to this gator hater!

Terry

February 25th, 2012
8:47 pm

UGA basketball, I have to disagree with you, I expect, if Coach Fox ever gets the talent, you will see him win, not only a SEC Title in basketball, but also a National Championship.

Indra

February 25th, 2012
8:49 pm

Good win against a superb Florida and and a very classy act by coach Donovan.

Beeeeg Boy

February 25th, 2012
8:53 pm

Anytime you beat UF and UT ’tis a good season! Take note that the Diamond Dawgs are 6-0.

boots

February 25th, 2012
8:56 pm

Great win by the players and Coach Fox. He is a class act and knows more about coaching than any one else in the state. This program is going to be special to watch over the next few years as they rise to the top. Go Dawgs!

rrich

February 25th, 2012
8:57 pm

WAY TO GO DAWGS

Gene

February 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

It is great to beat Florida in anything.

BG

February 25th, 2012
9:22 pm

GO DAWGS! The hell with Florida.

Dawg48

February 25th, 2012
9:28 pm

He sat with both Ogaltree brothers and Trey Mathews. Ray Drew was dressed like Steve Urkle with a sign that said….. ” this is Florida swag”

Anthony Davis

February 25th, 2012
9:40 pm

I can beat the Pups with my 1 eye brow,GO BIG BLUE.

441North

February 25th, 2012
9:40 pm

No question about our heart. We need more KCP level guys.

uga_alum_93

February 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

No doubt Coach Fox can coach…the real question is if he can recruit. Hopefully, the longer he is in the state he will be able to pull more top kids from Georgia to Athens.

phil

February 25th, 2012
9:44 pm

This is the same Fox that just lost to pathetic SC a week ago….

Quit overreacting. Gators mailed it in.

Buzz2011

February 25th, 2012
9:44 pm

The Dawgs could close and win the SEC crown.. A dream team!!

phil

February 25th, 2012
9:45 pm

But it IS good to whip a gator….

Always!!

phil

February 25th, 2012
9:46 pm

Fire someone!!

Flowery Branch Dawg

February 25th, 2012
10:07 pm

The Dawgs just plain ole whipped the Gators butts!

VinceVanGo

February 25th, 2012
10:12 pm

Go Coach Fox and BBall Dogs. Great job. As a fan I’ll take 5 star recruits if we can get them and hope that they stick around, but I’ll also gladly take 3-4 star recruits that are coach- able and will stay for four years. Look at Vanderbilt. Coach Fox is building the right way and we need to support him and the team 100%.

randy

February 25th, 2012
10:13 pm

phil, you must be a tech fan, go wipe your ass!

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

February 25th, 2012
10:26 pm

How can I get me an order of those Hash Browns in Panties from the Bulldog Cafe?

What?

February 25th, 2012
10:40 pm

Worst team in the SEC just beat one of only two natinally ranked SEC teams. Remeber, this is the same Florida team that just lost to Tennessee. The SEC is the basketball what the ACC is to football.

matt

February 25th, 2012
10:53 pm

For all you UGA basketball fans out there, here’s a blog that’s totally dedicated to Georgia Hoops – http://hoopdawgblog.com

Dawgs!!!

February 25th, 2012
11:00 pm

dawgs will make a late run and pull some upsets in the SEC tourny–book it!

Thomas Brown

February 25th, 2012
11:01 pm

Even this horrible basketball team, can beat several teams who will end up in the AP Poll Top 25 this season.

So, why is it that the football team hasn’t beat a team who ended up in the AP Poll Top 25 even once the last several seasons now ?

Hoops Dawg

February 25th, 2012
11:26 pm

Great to beat the gators. I loved “chomping” their fans as they left the Steg early. Kudos to Billy Donovan, however, for the class he shows. He is the main reason that I could root and root hard for the gators in their national championship runs of a few years ago.

Ron Roberts

February 25th, 2012
11:29 pm

You play the schedule, Thomas. Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech were all top 25 teams at points in the season. Stick around for 2012.

Dawglasville

February 25th, 2012
11:39 pm

Good win. Great comments by Donovan. Winning is better than losing everytime.

Thomas Brown

February 25th, 2012
11:43 pm

What schedule ? We play at most 1 team in 2012 who ends up in the top 25. We played 4 teams this past season who ended up in the top 25. We played 5 teams the season before last who ended up in the top 25. We haven’t beat one yet. Over the last 3 seasons, we average a finish in The SEC in all the polls # 7 team in The SEC in the polls. We’ve lost 16 games in 11 years now who would not end up in the top 25 without beating us, and 10 of those still did not even with their win over us. We’ve lost 9 games in a row vs teams who ended the season in the top 25. We’ve lost 7 games in a row vs teams who ended the season in the top 10, all the way back to 2006 when we beat # 9 Auburn, but lost 4 games that season, too, including to 8-Loss Vandie.

We can’t beat the top teams. We consistently lose to bad teams, in addition. Now, with the schedules the new “DO NOTHING” athletic director gives us for our season tickets, we don’t get opportunities to see us play top teams.

At the time of the game, over the entire 11-year Mark Richt career :

Win % vs teams AP Poll Top 5 time of game:

72 % Ur ban Mey er 8-3 # 1
62 % Tommy Tuberville 5-3 # 2
53 % Nick Saban 7-6 # 3
44 % Les Miles 8-10 # 4
33 % Bobby Petrino 2-6 # 5
25 % Mark Richt 2-8 # 6

# 19 nationally Top 25 at time of game Mark Richt

# 55 nationally Bowl Record 7-4 Mark Richt

Win % vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25 :

41.46 % Mark Richt 17-24
42.11 % Tommy Tuberville 16-22
43.18 % Les Miles 19-25
47.37 % Gene Chizik 9-10
51.52 % Nick Saban 17-16
51.72 % Ur ban Mey er 15-14

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That’s whole entire problem in a nutshell, that we DON’T play the schedule.

country day dawg

February 26th, 2012
2:11 am

Thomas thanks for your irrelevant self- loathing statistics. GREAT DAWG W VS FLORIDA!

Ben Jones

February 26th, 2012
2:14 am

Thomas is frustrated, Ron. Typical hater.

boykin

February 26th, 2012
2:18 am

GREAT WIN FOR FOX AND DOGS SIC EM

RaleighDawg

February 26th, 2012
2:36 am

Nice win for the dogs….does anyone know why UGA has dropped the trumpet solo for Glory, Glory at the start of basketball games ? The solos were being played at the start of the season but somewhere around midseason they just stopped with no explanation.

Thomas Brown

February 26th, 2012
3:43 am

What’s irrelevant about :

2001 – ended # 5 team SEC all polls
2002 – ended # 1 team SEC all polls*
2003 – ended # 2 team SEC all polls
2004 – ended # 2 team SEC all polls
2005 – ended # 3 team SEC all polls
2006 – ended # 5 team SEC all polls
2007 – ended # 2 team SEC all polls
2008 – ended # 3 team SEC all polls
2009 – ended # 7 team SEC all polls
2010 – ended # 9 team SEC all polls
2011 – ended # 5 team SEC all polls

Joey

February 26th, 2012
6:05 am

Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech were all top 25 teams at points in the season
**********************************************
Please say you’re kidding. What does it matter where a team may or may not have been ranked DURING the season? The only thing that matters is a teams final ranking.

And, Ben Jones, Thomas knows more about UGA football than you will ever know. Read his posts. What, you don’t like facts? Just because you love those magical, 10-win-seasons doesn’t mean we all do. Some of us would like to see a UGA team OVERACHIEVE occasionally, instead of the opposite.

Tell you what, Richt-fan-boy, name a season that a Richt-led Dawg team has overachieved.

Waiting.

………………………crickets………………………….

Beast from the East

February 26th, 2012
6:31 am

Congrats on the win, Dawgs. Your team outplayed my Gators and showed much more “heart”. Worst game I’ve seen UF [lay this year and they deserved to get their butts whipped. Donovan is right in his assessment that Coach Fox’s teams always play hard. If he can attract more talent to Athens, then UGA will be a tough team to beat.

Gator Nation

February 26th, 2012
6:41 am

Fox is a very good coach. Coach Donavan’s comments were right in line. Gators had one player out… no excuses…the better team on Saturday was Georgia.

And the big winner is...

February 26th, 2012
8:01 am

Basketball: Tech 1, UGA 0

Baseball: Tech 3, UGA 0

Football: UGA 1, Tech 0
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Total: Tech 4, UGA 1

TECH OWNS THIS STATE!!!

South Georgia Dog

February 26th, 2012
8:04 am

We need to pack the Stege more often. Our team plays better in front of a large home crowd. If we,the fans, packed the Stege every game the in-state recruits will come.

Thomas Brown

February 26th, 2012
8:30 am

1-1

Baseball has not been played yet.

Just wait…

Our baseball team will beat Georgia tek’s baseball team.

197-154-2 UGA over Georgia tek in Baseball All-Time

Thanks for bringing up Baseball.

Thomas Brown

February 26th, 2012
8:35 am

Stegosaurus has NEVER hosted a national game, not ever. It is too small. It is not a world-class facility. Waah, no one will go to the Stegosaurus. Guess what ? The recruits will not either. But, our basketball program just beat a team who obviously ends the season in the AP Poll top 25, something we’ve not done in football since beating # 13 Georgia tek in 2009.

(1) Rest of 2009
(2) All of 2010
(3) All of 2011
(4) 2012 we play at most 1 regular season game vs a team who ends the season in the AP Poll Top 25.

“We’re doing fine.”