ATHENS, Ga.—Three Bulldogs scored in double figures as Georgia upended Wofford for a 72-52 season opening win Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia was led by junior Nemanja Djurisic and senior Donte’ Williams. Djurisic scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Kenny Gaines also added ten points.
“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.”
In the first half, neither team led by more than four points until Georgia went on a deafening 14-0 run in the half’s final five minutes to take a 39-20 lead into the break. Gaines led the way for the Bulldogs in the first half with 10 points. Freshman J.J. Frazier scored Georgia’s final five points of the half.
“I think last year we might have come out a little slower, but we just got to focus on being a good team this year,” Gaines said about the first half run. “We just have to take it one game at a time and keep playing like we did today.”
Donte’ Williams led the Bulldog charge out of the locker room, converting two dunks and a pair of free throws for Georgia’s first six points of the half. Shortly after, Forte put Georgia up by 25 points going 1-for-2 from the free throw line, giving Georgia what would be its largest lead of the game.
The Terriers cut the lead to as few as 14 after a Justin Gordon tip-in with four minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs finished the game on a 5-0 run to preserve a 20-point margin of victory.
Georgia limited Wofford to just 38 percent shooting from the field, including 2-for-14 from behind the three-point arc. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Terriers 49-to-24 and scored half of their points from inside the paint.
The Bulldogs return to action a week from tonight when they welcome Georgia Tech to Stegeman Coliseum. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Georgia vs. Wofford Game Notes
• Georgia’s starting lineup was Charles Mann (9th career start), Kenny Gaines (1st) , Marcus Thornton (28th), Donte’ Williams (60th) and Nemanja Djurisic (23rd).
• Tonight’s win marks the eighth consecutive season-opening win for Georgia.
• Fourteen different Bulldogs played and 12 different Bulldogs scored in tonight’s win.
• Donte’ Williams came just one rebound short of picking up his second career double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down nine rebounds. His only career double-double came last season against Iona (Dec. 15) when he had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Bulldogs got their largest lead (25 points) at the 14:46 mark in the second half off of a Cameron Forte free throw
• Georgia had two critical runs that proved valuable in tonight’s win….Georgia put together a 14-0 run at the end of the first half and a 7-0 run to begin the second half.
• Kenny Gaines had a career-high six rebounds.
New kids on the block…
• Georgia entered the game with six dressed players having never seen live game action at Georgia… Juwan Parker (Fr.), Cameron Forte (So.), J.J. Frazier, Kenny Paul Geno (Fr.) and Houston Kessler (Fr.) and Brandon Young (Fr.) all saw the court and notched their first career playing time as a Bulldog.
• J.J. Frazier scored six points in 14 minutes of play.
• Cameron Forte scored nine points in 16 minutes of action.
• Kenny Paul Geno scored two points in three minutes of action.
• Juan Parker scored two points in 17 minutes of action.
• Brandon Young and Houston Kessler each saw two minutes of action.
The Series: Georgia improves to 9-1 in the all-time series versus the Terriers, including 2-1 in the Mark Fox era.
Up next: Georgia will host in-state rival Georgia Tech next Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two matchups and lead in the all-time series 103-86. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.