Florida-Georgia: Gators Make Late First Half Push, End up Blasting Bulldogs

Dylan MartinContributor IIIJanuary 27, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Nick Calathes #33 of the Florida Gators dribbles the ball against the Washington Huskies during the CBE Classic consolation game on November 25, 2008 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After thumping Tennessee in Athens, GA Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs (9-9, 1-4 in SEC) came into Gainesville ready to continue their momentum. The first part of the first half was interesting and was anyone's game. However, Florida (15-5, 4-2 in SEC) decided to play tough and shut down Georgia. The Gators did just that, going on a 25-9 run to close out the half.

The second half was no different; Florida still was rolling over Georgia. The 'Dawgs made a small comeback in the middle of the second half, cutting the lead to nine. Alex Tyus and crew never let Georgia make a bigger comeback and actually extended their lead to 16. Florida would end up pounding the 'Dawgs 87-61, dashing the hopes of a huge run by Georgia in SEC play for now.

Turnovers were a reason why Georgia could not come close to beating Florida, with 19 total. It was a disappointing game for all 'Dawgs fans after coming off such a huge win against Tennessee.

Florida's Alex Tuss had 24 points with Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton both scoring 21 points. On the Georgia side, Trey Tompkins accounted for 24 points and Ricky McPhee put up 21 points. Georgia star Travis Leslie only scored 11 points in the game.