Tide Rolls in Stegeman
Dustin Ware

Posted Jan 7, 2012

ATHENS - Trevor Lacey scored 19 points and Tony Mitchell added 17 as Alabama defeated Georgia in each team’s SEC season opener at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday night.

The loss ended the Bulldogs’ 5-game winning streak.

Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope provided the biggest offensive spark for the Bulldogs, scoring a career high 22 points. Caldwell-Pope also added four steals and three rebounds, continuing his sensational freshman season.

“Kentavious is a good player, and he’s been thrust into a large role as a freshman,” coach Mark Fox said of his standout guard. “I thought he did an admirable job tonight.”

Alabama (12-3, 1-0) led comfortably for most of the game, until midway through the second half. Georgia (9-6, 0-1) was able to cut the margin down to six after a series of forced turnovers. Missed shots and giveaways, however, quickly eliminated the momentum that the Bulldogs had built.

“We had the game where we wanted it in the second half,” coach Mark Fox added. “It was 52-46 but from that point forward Alabama’s experience took over. They made the plays in the clutch and we didn’t defend or rebound the basketball.”

Mitchell provided the key boost for the late surge that led to the Alabama victory, scoring 11 points in the second half and finishing with 17 total points. Lacey, a freshman scored 17 of his career-high 19 points in the first half.

The Bulldogs continue SEC play Tuesday January tenth, as they travel to Gainesville, FL as they take on the thirteenth ranked Florida Gators.

Related Stories
Conference Play Set to Begin
 -by DawgPost.com  Jan 6, 2012
Bulldogs Hit the Road
 -by DawgPost.com  Jan 10, 2012
Dawgs Topple Vols in OT
 -by DawgPost.com  Jan 18, 2012

Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of DawgPost Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from DawgPost.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > Georgia
[View My HotList]