Tigers Can't Overcome Shooting Woes

Chris Denson drives vs. the Bulldogs

Auburn continued its struggles shooting the basketball as the Tigers lost at Georgia on Wednesday night.

Athens, Ga.--Georgia pulled away in the closing minutes of an SEC basketball matchup, defeating visiting Auburn 57-49 on Wednesday night and handing the Tigers their fifth consecutive loss in the process.

Coach Tony Barbee's team is now 2-5 in SEC play and 8-12 overall while Georgia improved to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

"You shoot 28 percent you are not beating anybody," Barbee said. "You aren't beating anybody at home, you aren't beating anybody on the road.

"I don't think we executed very well, we were sloppy in our execution," Barbee said. "We didn't turn it over much, but we didn't execute it like we normally do so we didn't get the kind of looks we wanted. Then 15-27 from the (foul) line isn't going to cut it.

"Defensively, I didn't think we were very good either," Barbee said. "Georgia got just about whatever they wanted. They had their players step up and make plays when the game was on the line. We weren't able to."

With Georgia also struggling offensively, the Tigers had numerous opportunities to put together a run, but were never able to do that.

The Tigers took an early 9-4 lead, but Georgia made an 8-2 run to close the half to go ahead 26-22 at intermission.

The Tigers tied the game at 15:51 on a pair of free throws by Chris Denson to make the score 29 apiece, but Georgia led most of the second half.

The game was tied at 43-43 after Sullivan made 1-3 free throws with 4:52 left. From that point on the Tigers were outscored 14-6.

Sullivan and Allen Payne led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points apiece, but Sullivan's shooting woes continued. He made 4-12 field goals and was 4-8 at the foul line.

It was a rough night at Stegeman Coliseum for Sullivan and his teammates.

Denson added 12 points, but he was also 4-12 from the field and hit just 4-9 free throws.

Only three other Tigers scored. Rob Chubb and Jordan Price added five points apiece and Jordon Granger scored a single point.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore guard hit 7-11 field goals and was 4-4 at the foul line.

As a team Georgia outshot Auburn 44.2 to 28.3 percent from the field, but only had 43 field goals, 20 less than the Tigers.

Auburn was 4-20 on threes while UGA made 4-17. Georgia struggled at the foul line, too, hitting 15-26.

Georgia won the rebounding battle 38-33 and was able to overcome 16 turnovers, five more than the visitors made.

Auburn Starters: Denson replaced Josh Wallace in the lineup and was joined by Payne, Chubb, Shaquille Johnson and Sullivan as starters.

Halftime Numbers: Auburn hit 8-25 from the field for 32 percent, 3-12 on threes and 3-8 on foul shots. Georgia made 10-23 field goals for 43.5 percent and was 4-12 on threes, 2-4 on free throws. UGA built its lead with the help of a 20-13 rebounding edge in the first half. Payne led Auburn at the break with eight points.

Brickball: The Tigers missed a dozen consecutive shots during a second half stretch, but trailed just 34-31 with 11:14 to play.

Up Next: The Tigers will play on Saturday at Missouri. Tipoff is set for 12:47 p.m. CST on the SEC Network.

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