Florida won Smart was just leaving his room at the Omni Hotel when he got the call. He was back. And the Tigers toyed with the Gators, leading by in the opening minutes and by midway through the first half before taking a bulge into halftime. Freshman forward Naz Reid was dominant with nine points and seven rebounds.
It's the first time the Bulldogs will have the luxury of playing a weekend conference game in the friendly confines of Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs' league slate has been brutal thus far, facing ranked teams in three of their first four games and losing all three.
Tom Crean's crew has been defeated by 15 points or more by the likes of Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky but they'll be playing a second home game in a row for the first time in conference play.
UGA is averaging Crean and company are surrendering The Bulldogs are led by sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds, who averages Sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton comes into this one as the leading rebounder at 9.
Senior guard Kevaughn Allen leads the Gators at The game is set to tip at 12 p. ET and it'll be aired by CBS, but that's not the only way to follow the action.
Dawgs will be providing live updates at every media timeout below. We'll be following along with the biggest plays and runs of the game as well as the leading scorers. UGA had three chances to break the run but it's ongoing after Claxton missed a pair of free throws and a lay up and Wilridge was called for a charge.
Georgia has 18 turnovers to Florida's nine but the Bulldogs are winning on the boards.
A three-point play just before the official timeout allowed the Gators to regain the lead. Etorrian Wilridge leads the way for the Bulldogs with eight points and six rebounds. The Bulldogs have gotten a pair of threes from Turtle Jackson, one from Claxton and one from Hightower to pull even.
Halftime Florida leads Georgia The Gators are seven of 13 from three-point land and are shooting The Bulldogs are fortunate to be down only 10 points, as they've connected on just six of 24 attempts from the field and one of seven from three-point land. UGA is outrebounding Florida 21 to 14 but they have eight turnovers to Florida's five.
Crump and Wilridge lead the Bulldogs in scoring with six points each.
Harris has five. Claxton has yet to score but has six rebounds.
Hammonds sat a large portion of the first half with three fouls. Keith Stone leads the Gators in scoring with eight. Nembhard has four assists and Hayes has seven boards. Both teams have found some offense but the Bulldogs are still just three of 11 from the field.
Meanwhile, Florida is four of six from downtown and the Gators have two fewer turnovers. UGA is winning on the boards with nine rebounds to Florida's six. The Bulldogs have four turnovers already to Florida's two.