Instant analysis: Ole Miss 66, UGA 63

January, 21, 2012
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How the game was won: Ole Miss dominated in the paint early, outrebounding Georgia 21-11 and shooting 52 percent from the floor in the first half, opening a 34-23 halftime lead. The Bulldogs stormed back to close within two points -- led by freshman Kentavious Caldwell Pope’s 25 points -- but Nemanja Djurisic and Gerald Robinson each missed a game-tying 3-point attempt just before the horn and the Bulldogs fell 66-63.

Stat of the game: 43-32. The Bulldogs knew coming in that they would need to be competitive on the boards against an Ole Miss team that ranks among the SEC's best in rebounding. The Bulldogs were unsuccessful, as the Rebels outrebounded them 43-32 and controlled the paint throughout.
Player of the game: Terrance Henry. Henry was scorching hot from the floor early, scoring 15 of his team-high 24 points in the first half as Ole Miss built a comfortable halftime edge. He also pulled down 10 rebounds.

What Georgia learned, what Ole Miss learned: Georgia learned it still has a ways to go before it can compete in the paint with the best rebounding clubs. The Bulldogs showed resilience, rallying to nearly tie the score in the final minutes, but it was too little, too late. Ole Miss entered the game with a 4-6 record away from Oxford -- to go with a perfect 8-0 at home -- so Saturday was another valuable road win for the Rebels.

What it means: Georgia had just won its first SEC game Wednesday against Tennessee. The Volunteers rebounded by beating No. 11 UConn 60-57 on Saturday -- but the Bulldogs came out flat against Ole Miss. They drop to 1-4 in conference play, with Kentucky visiting Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday.

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