Georgia beats Tennessee, 57-53 in overtime

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Georgia guard Gerald Robinson, left, and forward Nemanja Djurisic guard Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes during their game Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. Georgia won, 57-53.

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Richard Hamm/Athens Banner-Herald Georgia guard Gerald Robinson, left, and forward Nemanja Djurisic guard Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes during their game Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. Georgia won, 57-53.

Jarnell Stokes on loss to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — It was another bumpy road stop for Tennessee on Wednesday night at Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum.

The Vols (8-10, 1-3 SEC) committed a season-high 20 turnovers, squandered a five-point lead during the final five minutes and missed a chance to win on the final shot of regulation in remaining winless (0-5) on the road this season.

Georgia (10-8, 1-3) scored a 57-53 overtime victory over UT before a crowd of 7,307 in a game Vols coach Cuonzo Martin felt his team should have won. The Bulldogs shot 34.9 percent from the field before executing with the game on the line.

“There were just so many unforced turnovers, it’s just unfortunate, especially when you’re playing good defense,’’ said Martin, his expression alternating between dismay and disgust. “Twenty turnovers without much pressure being applied ... that can’t happen.

“It’s making simple passes, bigs being able to handle the double team, guards finding the open man. It’s simple, it’s taking care of the ball.’’

Trae Golden, playing on a sore ankle, led UT scorers with 16 points. Jeronne Maymon had 12 and freshman Jarnell Stokes finished with 11, nine of which came in the final 8½ minutes of regulation.

Gerald Robinson led Georgia with 16 points while Donte’ Williams and Nemanja Djurisic each had 11.

Golden, who missed practice Tuesday after twisting his left ankle in Monday’s practice, came up empty with the game on the line after Robinson tied the game at 46-46 on a drive with 18.3 seconds left.

Golden’s off-balance pull-up bounced off the back of the rim with two seconds remaining. Georgia rebounded and called timeout with 0.6 seconds left, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a desperation heave from half court.

UT held its final lead when Skylar McBee hit a 3-pointer with 2:10 left in overtime to put the Vols up 53-52. UT was just 2-of-15 shooting 3-pointers.

Tennessee blew a chance to extend the lead on its next possession, when a Golden entry pass intended for Cameron Tatum was knocked back out of the lane and off of Golden.

Things took a turn for the worse when Williams scored to put the Bulldogs up 54-53 while drawing a foul from Tatum with 1:02 left in overtime.

Williams missed the ensuing free throw, but Caldwell-Pope came up with the rebound and Robinson was fouled intentionally with 26.4 seconds left. Robinson sank both free throws to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 56-53.

The Vols failed to answer when Golden missed on a drive to the basket and Caldwell-Pope iced the game with a free throw with 12.5 seconds left.

UT took its first lead in the second half after holding the Bulldogs without a basket on 10 consecutive possessions, a span of six minutes, 18 seconds.

Caldwell-Pope opened the second half with a basket to give Georgia a 29-24 lead at the 19:18 mark, but the Vols went on a 6-0 run and took their first lead, 30-29, on a Maymon basket with 16:25 left.

Neither team managed a point on their next five possessions before Djurisic hit a short bank shot to give the Bulldogs a 31-30 lead with 13 minutes left.

That’s when Stokes heated up, grabbing an open-court steal and driving through the hard foul of Marcus Thornton for a basket. Stokes hit the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 35-35 with 8:25 left.

After a defensive stop, McBee dumped the ball into the post to Stokes, who spun for a reverse lay-in that gave the Vols a 37-35 edge.

Back at the other end, Williams had his shot blocked by Stokes heading into an officials timeout. Bulldogs coach Mark Fox drew a technical foul during the timeout at the 7:09 mark, and Golden hit one of two free throws to extend UT’s lead to 38-35.

The Vols took their biggest lead of the game when Stokes dunked off a Golden pass with 5:55 left to make it 40-35.

Georgia had held a 27-24 lead at halftime after both teams struggled to run their offenses in the first half.

The Vols return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena against No. 13 Connecticut. The defending national champion Huskies are 14-4 after losing at home to Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

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kantanuuv writes:

Finally the vision of Coach Cuomo (D-NY) is clear to me. Imagine the conversation he'll soon have with a coveted 2-star recruit from Gibbs, or maybe some school in North Dakota: "Look, kid. We really REALLY suck. Come play for the Voles and you can start right away. Here's an air pistol if you run low on Slim Jims."

Now we know why those 4 GA natives are playing somewhere else.

Heh heh. Nah, I'm kiddin' ya. You're an elite program.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, and turnovers

peerless1 writes:

8-12 here we come.

eduardo writes:

Ball has to go inside on that last play of regulation. No reason nor need for Golden to try to do too much. He has got to trust the people around him more and he is not doing it!

underthehill writes:

This game should have been won in regulation ..If Golden was as out of gas as he looked he should not have been on the floor..dribbling the clock away with plenty of time to get it inside.

underthehill writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, and turnovers

Unforced turnovers..

wigmeister writes:

This may have been one of the ugliest games ever. Horrible play, on both ends. Right now we are the doormat of the SEC. That is reality. Playing better did not happen tonight. Would have been a lot worse if not for Stokes. We need a point guard and someone that can shoot consistently. Board play was sad. Hustle was sad. So discouraging! Nothing more needs be said!

JimmyJoe writes:

Lack of pride...lack of purpose...lack of focus... Hey to those Georgia boys on the UT roster the whole peach state is laughing at you...

dbc5361 writes:

Would not want to play UT in a moral victory league. 8-10 and on the way to the big dance, at least Cuanzo says so.

Vol1973 writes:

Time to try someone other than Golden down the stretch. Shoulda' won this one - - no offense, good defense - - need balance.

GBO

underthehill writes:

in response to eduardo:

Ball has to go inside on that last play of regulation. No reason nor need for Golden to try to do too much. He has got to trust the people around him more and he is not doing it!

100% correct..not 99.9 but 100

HtownVol writes:

Kantanuuv, must work for ESPN. Very mature and knowladgable on sports...

UT beat themselves tonight. That was just uninspired basketball and honestly very lazy.

Golden, McBee and Tatum all played the worst they could have (down the stretch especially).

McBee is getting exposed for his lack of quickness and giving up a lot of drives. It wouldnt be as bad if he was scoring, so why did he play so much tonight?

Golden is just a completely different player in the clutch, in the worst way.

Tatum appears to just make the worst plays at times that a (5th year) SR should never make so often.

I would love to know why UT does not try to get Maymon going more often. He is BY FAR UTs best scoring option, yet it is like we forget about him.

Stokes really forced so much tonight, he needs to relax.

How many times did UGA double the post and the post player could not see the open man?

And last thing. Please learn how to execute passes UT!

GO VOLS

dbc5361 writes:

Defeated on the road this year.

kantanuuv writes:

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) yesterday: "I can see us in the tournament."

Shoulda slept on that one.

born2ride writes:

Martin cost us the game by fouling at the end of OT instead of playing defense and getting the last shot. We were only down by one. Conzo's inexperienced showed again. He could get away with these types of mistakes in the MVC but not in the SEC.

It was a good effort but another disappointing loss. Some people say they see improvement but the Vols are at the bottom of the SEC and 1-4 in our last 5 games. The only road game we may win this year is at South Carolina. We will not even make the NIT.

Lets hope we can pull another shocker and beat UCONN.

Go Big Orange!

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to eduardo:

Ball has to go inside on that last play of regulation. No reason nor need for Golden to try to do too much. He has got to trust the people around him more and he is not doing it!

Eddie ole buddy it's not a trust issue it is a simple DUMB issue... How many times have we seen him just blow a game in the final seconds....in a variety of Idiotic ways....

One_in_West_Knox writes:

CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT (even WITH Stokes) is this team. There were complaints about not so much time between the game before UK and playing UK, yet the team almost (yes, again, ALMOST) won. Now, at least three full days pass, and only 46 points are scored in regulation, and the team "runs out of gas" in overtime. Didn't have ENOUGH rest?? Had TOO MUCH rest?? It's 2012!! WHAT IS IT with this team??

keepitreal4vols writes:

Jeckyl and Hyde

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Don't know what to say. I won't go into all the reasons.............you saw it.

Best way I can describe this game was that it resembled a certain Kentucky football game.

clvolfan writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Finally the vision of Coach Cuomo (D-NY) is clear to me. Imagine the conversation he'll soon have with a coveted 2-star recruit from Gibbs, or maybe some school in North Dakota: "Look, kid. We really REALLY suck. Come play for the Voles and you can start right away. Here's an air pistol if you run low on Slim Jims."

Now we know why those 4 GA natives are playing somewhere else.

Heh heh. Nah, I'm kiddin' ya. You're an elite program.

Well said,I'v already expressed my opinion on the earlier article.Think you have a point about the Ga natives.Listening to CCM on post game with Bob,he just stated that "he thought his team played really good defense tonight"-a few points,not as good as Ga.

volaholic45 writes:

Woulda, coulda, shoulda . . . again.

No will to get it inside late where all the points were.

If Cam Tatum isn't hitting, there is NO reason for him to be on the floor. He gets it stolen on the drive, cannot finish at the bucket if he gets that far, and plays matador defense except when he gives drivers a whack on the way by.

Too bad - we're a shooter away from wins over Miss. St., Kentucky, and Georgia.

slambob2#228938 writes:

The team did play good defense. And Golden played a great game, keeping us in it single-handedly in the first half. But the difference in winning and losing isn't just a few points. It's a mental toughness that I don't see on this team. Maybe they'll turn the corner. Frankly, we've played a lot better (until tonight) than I dreamed we would.

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) yesterday: "I can see us in the tournament."

Shoulda slept on that one.

What tournament is he talking about? He needs to just keep his mouth shut and coach.

jt45 writes:

Headline should read UT beats itself 57-53. Thanks Tatum for your many turnovers. Thanks coach for putting them at the foul line with time to spare.

Stokes is the only bright spot on this team right now. The game looked like a bad scrimmage, Georgia played terrible and still UT managed to lose. No words to describe this team anymore.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Woulda, coulda, shoulda . . . again.

No will to get it inside late where all the points were.

If Cam Tatum isn't hitting, there is NO reason for him to be on the floor. He gets it stolen on the drive, cannot finish at the bucket if he gets that far, and plays matador defense except when he gives drivers a whack on the way by.

Too bad - we're a shooter away from wins over Miss. St., Kentucky, and Georgia.

Tatum dribbles off his knee at one end ,then plays no defense on the other end. Pitiful for 5th yr. Sr.

ratkins589#246270 writes:

in response to eduardo:

Ball has to go inside on that last play of regulation. No reason nor need for Golden to try to do too much. He has got to trust the people around him more and he is not doing it!

why after the previous games chocking in the final seconds he still gets it for the win in regulation

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to slambob2#228938:

The team did play good defense. And Golden played a great game, keeping us in it single-handedly in the first half. But the difference in winning and losing isn't just a few points. It's a mental toughness that I don't see on this team. Maybe they'll turn the corner. Frankly, we've played a lot better (until tonight) than I dreamed we would.

Come on man golden didn't play good... He is the point guard and we scored how many in the first half? He kept us from having about a 15 point lead because he can't move the ball around and get decent looks...

BigVolinCarolina writes:

We're not an NCAA Tourney team...yet. It is in our future but NOT in 2012 unless, of course, we win the SEC Tourney.

westknoxrepub writes:

Boy I can't wait for those coveted two star recruits to come in next year and make us better. The Cuonzo-bot will casually explain this embarassing loss away and his minions will talk about the bang up job he's doing. Next year, with Stokes more mature, we might win a couple of more games, but then he's gone, and he'll be replaced with more A-Sun All Stars, and Martin will be gone after his third year. His coaching decisions during overtime demonstrate he is clearly in over his head.

BR_549 writes:

If you wanted to see two worse teams than these two tonight, should have watched the Miss St/Ole Miss game. I think Ole Miss won. Since we have Coach Cuomo(D-NY) Georgia has George Constanza from Seinfeld as its coach.

8ball writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) yesterday: "I can see us in the tournament."

Shoulda slept on that one.

By comments he's.. a 12 years ky fan

VolnTex writes:

It seems the Vols play up or down to the competition. The motivation is there one week and the next they look uninspired. I'm no basketball genius, but it just seems so basic that the Vols could have pounded it inside all night long, not to mention doing so in the closing seconds. Every Vol big man should have scored 20 points tonight, but instead it's Golden dribbling the game away. I realize it's much easier to coach in front of a computer, but this is a game UT should have won.

JimmyJoe writes:

Tennessee had to win this one... Why did CCM let this team come out flat when they had so much to play for? It was a disappointing and really pointless end to the season. Yeah end of the season...earlier today they were talking tournament... Tonight he seasons over....

jamgod writes:

IT's still the same ole' sh-t with Golden! The guy accutley lacks mental toughness as the whole team does. Play great for most of the game and then collapse in the final two minutes with stupid, idiotic play. Sick of seeing Golden wind up doing ignorant things in the final two minutes to lose games for us. Sick of seeing Tatum on the floor at all. Why was Mcbee in the game that late. Tatum and Mcbee got burned bad when it mattered most ala mental toughness. Say goodby to the NCAA tournamnet and probably as well to the NIT. Again on display tonite was the dumbest players in the nation in the fianl two minutes of the game. Hey, what can you expect though, it's the players we have. Tired of watching stupidity take over at the end of games over and over again! Untill this is taken care of, we will see many more of these all most pulled it out games. I can gar-un-tee you that!!

troken writes:

I truly love the Vols, but this is a soft team! Should had put the game away before OT, but lazy defense, missed FT's, wild shots and plays in spurts. This was an AWFUL GA team and losing to this team is no excuse!!! No offensive plays and not so good coaching = another lost...

If you always do, what you always did, you always get, what you always got--another lost!!!

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to VolnTex:

It seems the Vols play up or down to the competition. The motivation is there one week and the next they look uninspired. I'm no basketball genius, but it just seems so basic that the Vols could have pounded it inside all night long, not to mention doing so in the closing seconds. Every Vol big man should have scored 20 points tonight, but instead it's Golden dribbling the game away. I realize it's much easier to coach in front of a computer, but this is a game UT should have won.

Amen brother...Amen.

westknoxrepub writes:

Three game losing streak, soon to be four. . .Stokes is young, next season though, don't expect him to magically mature enough to carry a team by himself. Then he'll leave, and we'll have lost most of Bruce's guys, plus Stokes, and be stuck with guys like Richardson and Washpun. . .you thought THIS year was bad.

wigmeister writes:

Is the point guard we got, Stanton, eligible to play?

JimmyJoe writes:

I'd let these guys jog back to Tennessee from Athens...

vol75 writes:

Why in the name of Norman Dale do you put the ball in Golden's hands at then end of a game? He is a pretty good player. But he suffers brain lock every time the game is on the line. And is McRae that bad on defense that we can't figure a way to get his potential 25 point game on the floor? And is there an SEC player McBee can guard? And is there a reason to put Tatum and Woolridge on the floor at the same time? And can we quit calling a timeout when the clock is running out to set a play that never works? Just let them play and hope a defender gets lost. Too many questions. Haven't given up. Maybe the worm will turn.

troken writes:

I am puzzled why SOOOOOO many people hate/blame Tatum/Mcbee/Golden??? Wake up people, they are playing basketball and some just aren't that good, BUT the coach is the one playing them, so direct your attention toward the millionaire and not the spaghetti eatin' player!!!

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to vol75:

Why in the name of Norman Dale do you put the ball in Golden's hands at then end of a game? He is a pretty good player. But he suffers brain lock every time the game is on the line. And is McRae that bad on defense that we can't figure a way to get his potential 25 point game on the floor? And is there an SEC player McBee can guard? And is there a reason to put Tatum and Woolridge on the floor at the same time? And can we quit calling a timeout when the clock is running out to set a play that never works? Just let them play and hope a defender gets lost. Too many questions. Haven't given up. Maybe the worm will turn.

Great comment! Norman Dale...classic... Trae golden is definenty no Jimmy Chitwood!

AFTiger writes:

UCONN won't be in a good mood Saturday after losing to Cincinnati tonight, 70-67.

troken writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

I'd let these guys jog back to Tennessee from Athens...

Not sooo fast my friend... Slow as they were on defense they may not make it back to K'ville until we tee it up in September...

oldster writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) yesterday: "I can see us in the tournament."

Shoulda slept on that one.

Well, he is known for taking long shots.

lomas98 writes:

in response to eduardo:

Ball has to go inside on that last play of regulation. No reason nor need for Golden to try to do too much. He has got to trust the people around him more and he is not doing it!

You probably don't want to hear it but ga did throw a zone defense unexpectedly out there to prevent a feed to the post. Fox knew a post play was coming and he clearly made the right call. Cuonzo should have called a timeout but probably thought golden could penetrate the zone and throw up a runner for the win. It almost worked but I am convinced golden just doesn't have the ability to win a game. He still was almost walking the ball up the court down 4 with 16 seconds left. Just not a great basketball iq. That was a bad loss. I said in an earlier post any talk of even discussing NCAA bubble team begins and ends tonight. It has ended. Best to set sights on what would be the best win of the season so far against uconn and get some more confidence. They were playing well until tonight. Can't see them getting first road win in memorial gym on Tuesday.

Indian_Bill writes:

We would have beat Kentucky and Georiga if Kenny Hall could just make a dunk.

oldster writes:

This is the kind of basketball you get with a coach that stresses defense to an extreme. Remember Kevin O'Neal? Even when and if the team wins, the games are ugly and boring. Ever watch Wisconsin play? If Martin can continue getting great talent in here (which I doubt considering great talent does not often want to play great defense), we will start seeing UT win games 48-46. These type of wins will come against UK type teams (Yea), but also against those like USC this year. When this happens, the fans will be screaming for entertainment, not just wins. Just watch.

oldster writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Woulda, coulda, shoulda . . . again.

No will to get it inside late where all the points were.

If Cam Tatum isn't hitting, there is NO reason for him to be on the floor. He gets it stolen on the drive, cannot finish at the bucket if he gets that far, and plays matador defense except when he gives drivers a whack on the way by.

Too bad - we're a shooter away from wins over Miss. St., Kentucky, and Georgia.

A miss is as good as a mile.

lomas98 writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

I'd let these guys jog back to Tennessee from Athens...

People are complaining about playing a Thursday road game and flying on a plane back for a Saturday home game. Your suggestion would be much worse.

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