Georgia basketball NIT run ends with a thud in semifinal loss to Seton Hall


Indianapolis was very good for Georgia when it won the College Football Playoff in January of 2022 to end a 41-year national championship drought.

The Georgia basketball team came to the city this week to try to win another type of title that it never set its sights on when the season started.

It fell two wins short and was dominated for much of the night by Seton Hall in an NIT semifinal in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Pirates put an end to the Bulldogs’ postseason run with an 84-67 rout late Tuesday.

“It was an emotional locker room,” coach Mike White said. “These guys accomplished a lot.”

It will be the Seton Hall vs. Indiana State Thursday night for the title.

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From best stretch to one of worst games

White had said the Bulldogs were playing their best basketball of the season during their run to Indianapolis. This was among their worst.

The first 7-plus minutes set the tone.

The Bulldogs (20-17) fell behind 18-3, making just 1 of their first 11 shots with 3 turnovers and misfiring on their first five-3pointers.

The Pirates (24-12) meanwhile went 7 of 11 including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers including a pair from Al-Amir Dawes (20 points).

It didn’t get much better. The Pirates later went on a 10-0 run to open a 40-18 lead with 5:06 to go in the half.

Georgia trailed 42-25 at the half, its largest halftime deficit this season except for a 20-point Kentucky lead in Lexington in a 105-96 Wildcats win.

The Bulldogs shot 9 of 33 (27 percent) in the half while Seton Hall was 16 of 32 (50 percent).

“I thought the first 12 minutes we came out with the mindset that we were going to defend and from there I thought we kind of stamped how the game was gonna be played,” Seton Hall coach Shaheen Holloway said.

The Pirates kept it up by making 9 of their first 18 shots of the second half and led by as many as 24. Georgia cut the lead to 11…

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