Wolfpack Falls To No. 10 Georgia In Overtime, 68-63
Dec. 16, 2001
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Georgia coach Andy Landers isn't happy even though his team is undefeated after seven games.
Georgia, coming off a 12-day break, had its worst shooting night of the season Sunday, hitting just 39 percent of its shots in the 10th-ranked Bulldogs' 68-63 overtime win over No. 16 North Carolina State.
"We're going to be a good team down the road. But presently? Good gosh, no. Holy cow, no," Landers said. "Name one thing we do well right now and I'll be happy."
Georgia made only one field goal in overtime, but hit 12 of 14 free throws. Landers was irked with his Bulldogs for letting N.C. State out of a 10-point hole midway in the second half.
"We really had the momentum, and I thought for a minute we would tack on six or eight (points) more on that," Landers said. "Then we turned it over against their half-court pressure three or four times and they cashed in on all those turnovers."
The Wolfpack (6-3) trailed 48-38 after a layup by Georgia's Camille Murphy with 10:18 left in regulation. The Bulldogs then missed their next seven shots from the floor as N.C. State clawed back.
"They turned up the intensity a bit and we didn't react well to that," said Whitney Law, one of three freshmen starting Sunday for Georgia. "We started to freak out and had some turnovers that hurt us."
Georgia looked safe after Kara Braxton put back a missed free throw by Camille Murphy with 11.2 seconds left for a 54-51 lead. N.C. State tied the game at 54 on a 3-pointer by freshman Rachel Stockdale with 2.4 seconds left in regulation.
"Their pressure kind of took the heart out of us, getting them six, eight easy points," Landers said. "On our comeback, it was all Camille just hitting free throws."
Murphy made four straight free throws in the first 1:40 of overtime and then the Bulldogs' only basket after regulation, a runner from the lane, to put Georgia up for good at 62-58. The Bulldogs iced the win by making six of eight free throws in the final 2:03 of overtime.
Christi Thomas matched Murphy's 13 points for Georgia, while Kara Braxton had 12 points and Ebony Felder 11. Stockdale scored five points in the final 22 seconds of extra play and ended up with a team-high 14 for N.C. State. She made four of nine 3-point tries.