ATHENS, Ga. — After losing two straight for the first time this season, Florida coach Billy Donovan isn't about to panic.
Terrance Woodbury scored a career-high 32 points to help Georgia deal a blow to Florida's hopes in the SEC East with an 88-86 victory Saturday.
The Gators have lost three of four after allowing Georgia to end an 11-game losing streak, but Donovan believes his young team is taking the right approach with six conference games remaining.
"We didn't shoot the ball particularly well coming down the stretch," Donovan said. "But you know what? I thought we shot the ball with a lot of confidence. I thought we shot it with a lot of belief that it was going to go in."
Erving Walker and Walter Hodge missed shots in the final seconds for the Gators, allowing Georgia (10-15, 1-9) to avoid its first 12-game skid since 1951-52.
Woodbury scored 20 in the first half on 7-for-7 shooting, 5-for-5 on 3-pointers.
"They kept going in, man," Woodbury said. "One would go in, and I was like, 'Cool, we're winning.' Another would go in, (and) 'Cool, we're winning.' It was just unreal. Just unreal."
Bulldogs interim coach Pete Herrmann brought in football coach Mark Richt to motivate his players with a brief talk Friday night.
"We remained poised, and the big baskets were key," Herrmann said. "It's a terrific day for Georgia and the kids on this team."
Hodge scored 22 for Florida (19-6, 6-4), which went in tied with Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee atop the SEC East. Nick Calathes, who became the first Gator to have a triple double against an SEC opponent in Florida's 26-point win over Georgia on Jan. 28, scored 16 on 5-for-14 shooting and had 10 rebounds.