GAINESVILLE, Fla - Georgia couldn't get its offense rolling at No. 19 Florida on Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs fell 70-48 to drop its first conference road game of early SEC play.
With the loss, Georgia becomes 9-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference while Florida improves to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in SEC play.
"We lost to a really good team tonight," said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. "We didn't get enough stops. I don't know if we were too excited to start the game, but we missed some easy plays early and played from behind all night, which is so hard to do. We win the rebounding battle, but we give up too high of a percentage to win the basketball game. Florida has an excellent team, so you have to give them credit for making plays."
Nemanja Djurisic was the only Bulldog to hit double-digit scoring with 14 points and six rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Gerald Robinson both provided eight points followed by Donte' Williams with seven points and six boards.
"I really felt that Donte', Neme and (John) Florveus off the bench really gave us good minutes," Fox said. "They gave us good defensive play. I thought they made more offensive plays. They still have plays that they would like to have back and can learn from, but we did get better play from our frontline players."
Kenny Boynton and Bradley Beal each recorded a game-high 17 points to lead the Gators. Beal along with Patric Young both pulled down 10 boards, including nine on the defensive end.
Georgia's offensive struggles came from shooting just over 36 percent from the floor while Florida hit 50 percent of its shots. However, Georgia ended the game with a better three-point percentage of almost 39 percent after connecting on 7-of-18 with the Gators going 7-of-21. The Bulldogs barely outrebounded the night's competition with 34 compared to Florida's 33.
Florida quickly gained an 11-3 lead to start the game, as Caldwell-Pope's lone three pointer was the only basket by the Bulldogs for the first eight minutes of the game. Djurisic boosted Georgia within reach of the Gators with a backdoor pass to Robinson and pass to himself off the backboard to make the game 11-9 at the 11:20 mark.
Behind the sharp shooting of Florida freshman Beal, the Gators put together a 22-4 run to pull ahead 33-13 with 3:27 remaining. Two three-point baskets from Djurisic and a jumper by Caldwell-Pope closed the first half 35-21 in favor of the home team.
After falling behind 41-26 to open the second half, Georgia's only point for close to eight minutes came from Donte' Williams' made free throw, the only one of the game by the Bulldogs as the team was 1-of-9 from the stripe. Down 52-27 with 11:38 on the clock, Georgia found a spark from an 18-6 spree that started off of a Djurisic field goal and included threes from Caldwell-Pope and Dustin Ware to reduce its deficit to 13.
"We just stopped feeling sorry for ourselves and started playing hard," Fox said. "I challenged them in a timeout to get back to competing, and we did that. I was proud of them through that stretch."
The Gators extinguished the Bulldogs' aggressiveness with a Boynton three and a 12-3 run to close the game.