Posted: 11:31 pm Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Bulldogs win a big one for their coach 

By Chip Towers

An emotional Georgia coach Mark Fox is embraced by forward Nemi Djurisic after the Bulldogs upset No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in overtime Wednesday night. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

An emotional Georgia coach Mark Fox is embraced by forward Nemi Djurisic after the Bulldogs upset No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in overtime Wednesday night. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

The toughest week of Mark Fox’s professional life was injected with a sudden and unexpected bolt of joy.

Fox’s father, Raymond Lewis Fox, was buried in Garden City, Kan., on Tuesday. On Wednesday, 500 miles to the east, his team shocked the college basketball world as the Georgia Bulldogs — ranked 242nd in the latest RPI index — shocked No. 21-ranked Missouri 70-64 in Columbia, Mo.

The victory lifted Georgia to 7-6 on the season (1-0 SEC) and broke the Tigers’ national best home-court winning streak at 26 games. It was the Bulldogs’ first win ever in five games against Missouri.

Photos: Bulldogs upset No. 21 Missouri in OT

Fox was obviously emotionally drained, breaking into a sob on the Georgia bench in the final few seconds of overtime when victory was assured. He had scrambled to get home to his ailing father after the Bulldogs played in Washington, D.C. on Friday but didn’t make it. Fox went home to Kansas on Saturday, returned to Athens to prepare his team to face Missouri on Sunday and Monday, then went back to Garden City on Tuesday before re-joining his team in Columbia on Wednesday.

“To win at an old Big Eight school the day after my father passed was very special for me,” Fox told reporters at the postgame press conference.

Charles Mann led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points while Nemanja Djurisic added 16 points and Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Morris tallied a team high seven rebounds in 29 minutes while Mann and Marcus Thornton added 6 boards. The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 43-34 and shot 43 percent from the field to Mizzou’s 39. They’ll play host to Alabama in their SEC home opener on Saturday

“I’m really proud of our team,” Fox said. “I’ve been critical of the defense, their rebounding, and their toughness and tonight those three things won it for us,” said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. “I wasn’t their yesterday but our staff did a great job preparing our team. We had the right mentality when we came to the game tonight. I thought we were very attached mentally to our game plan and had very few mistakes. We gathered ourselves and Nemi (Djurisic) recomposed himself and we finished the game really well.”

Georgia fell behind by five points early in the overtime period. After an Earnest Ross free throw gave the Tigers a 63-58 lead, Djurisic began finding success in the low post. Three Djurisic baskets led the Bulldogs into a 63-63 tie at the 1:40 mark and from there Georgia would not trail again. Georgia finished the contest on a 12-1 run over the final 2:30.

Here’s A LINK to a photo gallery from the game.


Sorry for your loss coach.  Prayers for your family.  Congratulations on the win. McG build the man a new basketball stadium.  Hire Kirby Smart and a damn special teams coach please.


I like Mark Fox, but he should never have taken this job without assurance that before he can be fired, there would be a new gym on par with those around us nearby.  With a replacement for now 50-year old birthday Stegeman Coliseum supposedly a basketball gymnasium, both Andy Landers and Mark Fox would find many of the players in this state, might actually want to come play in a new gym. Our gym before this was built in 1923 and used for 41 years.  So, why with all the cash on hand, 2nd most profitable athletics' department in the country, can we not provide a basketball gym on par with our neighbors nearby after all this time, 50 years' old and showing its age.  It has been longer than the old gym was kept now 43 years since the NCAA last held a NCAA Tournament game, because well, our gym is outdated.  Hosted the Mideast Regional of the 1971 NCAA men's basketball tournament.  This does Mark Fox and Andy Landers no favors in recruiting.  And, while Mark Fox won this game against # 21 Missouri, it was not at the Stegosaurus.


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# 2 Beaver Stadium Penn State Big Ten 106,5721960

# 3 Neyland Stadium Knoxville TN Tennessee SEC 102,4551921

# 4 Ohio Stadium Columbus OH Ohio State Big Ten 102,3291922

# 5 Bryant–Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa AL Alabama SEC 101,8211929

# 6 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium Big XXII 100,1191924

# 7 L.A. Memorial Southern California Pac-Twelve 93,607 1923

# 8 Sanford Stadium Athens GA Georgia SEC 92,7461929

This list is used against us every single time we compete for a recruit.

Of this entire list, only 8 are older than the gym for the 2nd most profitable athletics’ program :

This list, in order, shows the type commitment The University of Georgia has to its basketball :


First  my   condolences   to  the   fox   family ........  maybe  coach  fox  has  to  have  a  different  approach in  practice  and   his  coaching   since  things  was  better  without  him  there..........    



I am so happy for coach fox and the basketball heart and prayers goes out to him and his, this tells me that we can have a great season.the players don"t come to play every game.. marcus thornton can be a force but he doesn"t play hard every game. the kids should be a great defensive team and play hard and smart for 4 quarters.lets keep winning going.go bulldogs!


Great!  Can any of our basketball players play football next fall?


Congratulations to Coach Fox


Who cares about UGA, all their teams are horrible.


ruffdawg, You said "If the AD and Administration commits to that part of the program like they should, I believe they can get some very good to elite players."  Coach Fox is well paid, the team has a nice practice facility, and a playing arena (that s rarely filled).  What more support are you suggesting the AD and Administration give? 


I know what it is like to lose a family member recently and trying to work (coach/work in his case) was very very hard to do. Congrats to him and to the team. I am sorry for his loss.


Did the Bulldogs shock anyone?  Just curious...


I'm a Jackets fan, but this is a great emotional win for UGA and their coach.   Go Jackets, and dare I say it...Go Dawgs (just not when you play the Jackets). :)


I try to stay away from trite & overused clichés but - "That's why the play the game" seems so appropriate here.

Go Dawgs




Wellll that just goes to show that EVERYONE is beatable!  Doesn't matter who you are.


WOW ! I'm a Tech fan but I thought this was AWESOME ! Happy for Coach Fox and his team !


Condolences to Coach Fox and the entire Fox family. The article failed to mention that the Dawgs put an end to Mizzou's 27 wins in a row at home. That in itself is a strong statement along with the Tigers coming in at 12-1. Go Dawgs !


The man can coach , especially happy for him personally.... If the AD and Administration commits to that part of the program like they should, I believe they can get some very good to elite players!! Go Dawgs!


Sometimes things happen in a sporting event that don't need words to describe - and rise to a level higher than the sport itself - last night watching Coach Fox and his team rally around and for each other during his family's time of sorrow was one of them


MorelandDawg, well said! Ditto!


I have liked Coach Fox since he arrived, watching the vast improvement from Felton at close range(seats right behind bench) and was sad that he might lose his father and job in the same year. Maybe this is his comeback start as a coach, and regardless, I pray for peace in his life through this difficult time.


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@Nomad_fisherman"...and broke the Tigers’ national best home-court winning streak at 26 games". Yep, right there!