The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs 58-49 today to improve to 5-4 on the season.
It was a rare 11:30am tip-off in front of over 4,000 Athens area school students, teachers and staff.
“I thought both teams had a tough time with the morning start,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I thought our team had a little zombie look to them–couldn’t even pass and catch it cleanly to start the game. Nemi [Djurisic] gave us a nice lift offensively in the first half. We just never quite found a rhythm–give their defense credit for that too. But our defensive rebounding was something that we’ve been focusing on, and it was key this afternoon to winning the game.”
Juwan Parker led the Dawgs in scoring with 12, while Marcus Thornton added 11 points and Donte’ Williams nine.
Both teams got off to a slow start behind some poor shooting. Gardner-Webb made the first basket nearly three minutes into the game, and it was 4-0 GWU with just over 15 minutes remaining in the half before Georgia got on the board.
Georgia took a 21-12 lead into halftime and nearly squandered it late in the second half. Gardner-Webb fought their way back to within one point at 38-37 with 6:32 remaining, but Georgia was able to pull away to preserve the victory.
The Hoop Dawgs finished the game shooting only 38.3% (18-of-47) and 30% (3-of-10) from three-point range. But Georgia’s free-throw shooting did improve moderately to 76% (19-of-25).
Georgia’s next game is at home on Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Western Carolina (6-7). The game will be televised by CSS at 2:00 p.m. ET.