Athens, GA - Georgia used double-digit scoring performances from four players to win its only exhibition game of the season Monday night, beating UNC-Pembroke 81-69 at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia was led by sophomores Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines who scored 18 and 15 points, respectively. Senior Nemi Djurisic contributed 11 points and sophomore Cameron Forte added 10 points
“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.”
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, trading the lead with UNC-Pembroke for much of the first half, but used a 6-0 run in the final two minutes of the first half to grab a 38-37 heading into the locker room.
With 15 minutes remaining in the game, Forte gave Georgia the lead for good with a mid-range jumper to put the Bulldogs up 44-43. The Bulldogs slowly gained separation and grabbed a ten point lead when Mann spun through the lane for a layup to go up 70-60 with seven minutes remaining. Georgia closed the game on a 6-0 run, capitalized by a Tim Dixon dunk as time expired.
The Bulldogs dominated the boards, holding a 51-23 rebounding advantage and scored half of its points from the paint. Georgia had 14 different players see time and nine different players score
“Our guys have to play,” continued Fox. “We don’t have a lot of depth in certain places so it’s critical that our freshman play sp some of the younger guys got some playing time.”
Quamain Rose paced UNC-Pembroke offensively with 23 points.
The Bulldogs open the 2013-14 regular season this Friday, Nov. 8, vs. Wofford. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.