Athens, GA - Georgia junior Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 87-56 victory over Chattanooga on Monday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Djurisic was one of 13 Bulldogs (3-4) to score in the game. Senior Marcus Thornton came up just short of his first career double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds.
“That certainly was a good win for us,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We played really well in the first half, especially defensively. I thought that we came in with a good approach and good plan and really executed it well in the first half. It was a really good night for us, especially with the fact that Charles [Mann] didn’t play much. It was a good win for us against a team that I thought was a really hard playing team.”
Georgia never trailed, using a 19-4 run midway through the first half to gain a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs benefited from 14 first-half points from Djurisic—the most for any Bulldog in a half this season. Georgia’s defense stifled Chattanooga (3-6) on the offensive end, holding the Mocs to just 19 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
In the second half, a nine-point spurt by the Mocs shrunk the Georgia lead to 26 points, but a dunk by Brandon Morris doused the Chattanooga momentum, and sent the Bulldogs on a 12-2 run to secure its second straight victory.
The Mocs were hindered by shooting just 29 percent from the field in the game. Georgia also held a 51-to-38 rebounding advantage which led to 54 points from the paint.
Georgia improves to 28-5 all-time in its series with Chattanooga.
After a break for final exams, Georgia will welcome the Lipscomb Bison (3-4) to Athens on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Georgia vs. Chattanooga Notes
• Georgia's starting lineup was Charles Mann (15th career start), Kenny Gaines (7th), Cameron Forte (6th), Marcus Thornton (33rd) and Donte' Williams (66th).
• With the win, Georgia improves to 3-1 versus teams from the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs will wrap up its current homestand with Southern Conference member Western Carolina on Dec. 21.
• The win is Georgia's largest since Dec. 21, 2010 -- a 85-38 win over High Point in Athens.
• Georgia’s 47 first-half points were the most it’s scored in a first-half this season (39, Wofford), and just two less than its highest point output in any half this season (49, Temple).
• Chattanooga’s 17 points in the first half were the fewest allowed to an opponent by Georgia in a half this season (Wofford, 20)
• Djurisic’s 14 first-half points were the most by any Georgia player in a half this season (Gaines/Mann, 13 vs. Temple/App. State).
• Tonight was Georgia’s best defensive output of the season, limiting the Mocs to just 29.7 percent (19-for-64) from the field (32.9 percent, App. State.) The Bulldogs limited Chattanooga to just 19 percent shooting in the first half—a best for Georgia in any half this season (29.6 percent, Wofford, 1st half)
• For the first time this season, Georgia never trailed in the game.
• Junior guard Taylor Echols scored the first points of his Georgia career on a three-pointer with 13:38 remaining in the second half.
The Series: Georgia improves to 28-5 all-time vs. Chattanooga. Tonight marked the first time the two teams have met since the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
Next Up: After a break for final exams, Georgia will welcome the Lipscomb Bison (3-4) to Athens on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.