Nov. 22, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Georgia men's basketball team captured third place at the Progressive CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Tuesday night, topping Notre Dame 61-57.
Freshman guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (4-1) with a career-high 16 points and five rebounds. Caldwell-Pope has had double-digit point performances in every game this season.
Sophomore forward Marcus Thornton led Georgia on the boards with eight rebounds.
"It was a hard fought win," said head coach Mark Fox. "This is another terrific game for us to learn from, as was last night, but it's good to leave here with a quality win."
The Bulldogs' offense was kick started by junior guard Vincent Williams who scored a career-high eight points in his first collegiate start.
"I felt like Vincent was going make an impact. He's a tough little guy...He brought out a great competitive spirit to start the game for us tonight," Fox said.
As a team, Georgia went 12-26 from behind the arc and was plus-14 in rebounding margin, both season bests.
Georgia jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but a stingy Notre Dame team brought the game to a 15-15 tie midway through the first half. Georgia trailed by as many as five in the half, but took the halftime lead, 31-29, off of a Sherrard Brantley 3-pointer with just three seconds remaining.
Early in the second half, Georgia extended its lead to 42-34 off of senior guard Dustin Ware's third three-pointer of the night.However, Notre Dame went on a 10-2 run, capped off by a pair of free throws to tie the game at 53 with 5:11 remaining. Three Georgia possessions later, Caldwell-Pope hit his fourth triple of the night to put Georgia back on top for good, 56-53.
Tonight's win marks Georgia's first-ever victory against Notre Dame.
Georgia returns to action Friday against No. 12 Xavier in Cincinnati. Last season, the Musketeers topped Georgia 65-57 in Athens. Friday's matchup is scheduled to start 8:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports South.