Georgia’s basketball team struggled early Saturday and never recovered as it suffered a 72-62 loss to UMass on the road.
Georgia falls to 7-2, while UMass improves to 6-5. Georgia returns home Tuesday to host Georgia Tech.
UMass led 16-2 and had a 19-point lead at the half, 43-24.
“We got off to a terrible start,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We had not practiced well, and we played the exact same way. The defense wasn’t near what it needs to be at to win on the road. We didn’t play well, but give UMass credit for taking the first swing. In the second half, we started to look like ourselves, but you can’t dig that big of a hole.”
Senior forward Yante Maten scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, both game-highs.