Bulldogs Overwhelm Chattanooga, 87-56

Dec. 2, 2013

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Nemanja Djurisic
Team Stat Comparison
GEORGIA CHATT.
Points 87 56
FGM-FGA 34-67 (.507) 19-64 (.297)
3FGM-3FGA 5-18 (.278) 7-19 (.368)
FTM-FTA 14-23 (.609) 11-18 (.611)
Rebounds 51 38
Steals 7 5
Blocks 10 7
Assists 19 7
Turnovers 10 13
Fouls 16 18
Game Leaders
GEORGIA CHATT.
Points N. Djurisic 15 M. Bareika 14
Rebounds M. Thornton 9 Z. Mason 6
Assists K. Gaines 4 G. Pryor 3
Steals J. Frazier 2 L. Stokes 2
Blocks 4 tied with 2 Z. Mason 3
     

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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
Worth Noting....

• 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.

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