ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia found holes in Arkansas’ zone defense and hot shooting helped the Bulldogs post a 71-50 Southeastern Conference victory over the Razorbacks Saturday.
Both teams are 10-8 overall and 2-5 in the SEC.
Georgia shot 50 percent in the first half and 57.9 percent in the second half, and 53.2 percent for the game (25-47).
Meanwhile, Arkansas struggled against UG’s physical, man-to-man defense. The Razorbacks shot 40 percent in the first period and 35.7 percent in the second, and 37.7 for the game (20-53). Arkansas made just one three-pointer in 15 attempts and the Hogs were just nine-of-21 at the free-throw line.
Georgia jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead, but Ronnie Brewer had six points in a 12-7 run as UA closed within 19-15. It was 21-17 following a Jonathon Modica layup, but that’s as closed as Arkansas would get.
The Bulldogs scored five straight and after another bucket by Modica, they scored 12 straight to go ahead 38-19. Damien Wilkins, who scored a game-high 26 points and made 11-of-14 shots, had 10 points during the run.
Georgia led 40-25 at the half and it was more of the same in the second period. A Modica jumper pulled Arkansas within 43-29, but Chris Daniels had four points in a 9-0 UG run. It was 60-35 on a Levi Stukes three with 10:29 to play, but a jumper by Kendrick Davis and a driving layup by Brewer cut the margin to 62-43 with 6:35 left. Wilkins answered with a pair of dunks off two steals and Arkansas scored just five points over the next five minutes as Georgia pushed the margin back over 20.
Daniels had 16 points for the Bulldogs on six-of-11 shooting. Daniels and Wilkins each had nine rebounds as Georgia recorded a 38-31 advantage on the boards.
Modica led Arkansas with 17 points on seven-of-13 shooting. Brewer finished with 15 points. Olu Famutimi added six points and five rebounds.
Arkansas had 15 steals in the game, five by Brewer, and forced 21 turnovers, but the Razorbacks turned the ball over 17 times and had just five assists.
UA plays host to Auburn on Wednesday in a 7:05 p.m. game televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.