The Georgia Bulldogs beat the UNC-Pembroke Braves 81-69 in an exhibition basketball game Monday night.
Four Georgia players scored in double figures. Sophomores Charles Mann scored 18 and Kenny Gaines scored 15, while senior Nemanja Djurisic and sophomore Cameron Forte added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“It’s good to get out in front of fans and play,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I think we showed some typical first game jitters. I think we had a difficult time adjusting to how the game is going to be officiated this year. A lot of guys got a ton of minutes, which is necessary–let them play through some mistakes and try to teach them. I thought it was a good starting point for us.”
Overall, Georgia shot pretty well, making 26-of-50 field goals (52%). The Dawgs could have been better at the free-throw line, where they were 25-of-36 (69.4%). From three-point range, the Dawgs were only 4-of-14 (28.6%).
The sore spot on the night was the number of turnovers. Georgia had 24 which directly led to 31 points for the Braves.
Playing in his first game since Dec. 2012, Marcus Thornton scored four points and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
Other scorers were J.J. Frazier (8), Juwan Parker (6), Donte Williams (5), Tim Dixon (2), and John Cannon (2).
Noticeably absent from the game was sophomore forward Brandon Morris. There was no mention of his status, so either he is nursing an injury or in the doghouse for one reason or another.
Georgia opens the regular season on Friday night at home vs. Wofford. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off.