Nemanja Djurisic scored 12 points and Donte’ Williams added 11 to lead the Georgia Bulldogs over the Wofford Terriers 72-52 to open the 2013 basketball season.
Guards Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann added 10 and 7 points, respectively. Sophomore Cameron Forte came off the bench to add 9 points and 2 rebounds.
“It’s great to get started,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I thought we were a little nervous out of the gate, but I thought we calmed down and played pretty well to finish the first half. We beat a real sound, solid basketball team so I was really pleased with our first half effort. I thought we did a lot of good things, certainly a lot of teachable things. I thought there were a lot of positives, and for us, it was a great first night out.”
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start and fell behind 8-5 at the first official timeout. Georgia would then tie it at 10 by the next timeout before taking a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game.
With 10:03 remaining in the first half, Gaines hit a jumper to give the Bulldogs a 14-12 lead. Georgia stretched their lead to four before Wofford cut it back to two. But the Dawgs would pull away and eventually took a 19 point lead into halftime.
Overall, Georgia made 25-of-57 field goals (43.9%). The Dawgs were awful from three-point range, making only 2-of-11 attempts (18.2%). And for the second straight game, Georgia shot 69% from the free-throw-line (69%).
Sophomore forward Brandon Morris did not dress for the game as he continues to serve internal discipline imposed by head coach Mark Fox.
Georgia’s next game is Friday, Nov. 15 at home vs. Georgia Tech. The game is set for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off on FSN.