Dec. 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--With over 4,000 Athens-area students, teachers and staff in attendance, the Georgia men's basketball team picked up its fourth win in a row, beating Gardner Webb 58-49 Thursday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia (5-4) was led by Juwan Parker who had a career-high 12 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Thornton also contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
"I thought both teams had a tough time with the morning start," said head coach Mark Fox. "I thought our team had a little zombie look to them--couldn't even pass and catch it cleanly to start the game. Nemi [Djurisic] gave us a nice lift offensively in the first half. We just never quite found a rhythm--give their defense credit for that too. But our defensive rebounding was something that we've been focusing on, and it was key this afternoon to winning the game."
After a slow start offensively, Georgia closed the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 21-12 halftime lead. Djurisic came off the bench to lead Georgia with eight points in the half.
In the second half, the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-7) slowly cut into the Georgia lead, shrinking it to just one with 6:30 left in the game, but Kenny Gaines made a bucket plus a free throw which catapulted Georgia on a 7-0 run to regain a 45-37 advantage securing its fifth win of the season.
The Bulldogs limited Gardner-Webb to its lowest point output of the season and just 31 percent shooting from the field
Naji Hibbert and Tyler Strange led Gardner-Webb with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Georgia will return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tipoff against Western Carolina (6-7). The game will be televised on CSS. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Georgia vs. Gardner Webb Notes
Charles Mann returned after missing last game because of an injury. He had eight points and six rebounds in 32 minutes.
Donte' Williams hit his first career three-pointer early in the first half. He had one prior attempt (Temple, 11/22/13).
Even with the new rules which have led to an increase in fouls, only one free-throw was shot in the first half, by Georgia.
In the Mark Fox era, Georgia is undefeated when holding its opponent to fewer than 50 points.
Georgia remains undefeated when out-rebounding its opponent.
Juwan Parker set a career-high with 12 points (11 vs. Chattanooga, 12/2/13) and nine rebounds (6 vs. Ga. Tech, Davidson)
Marcus Thornton had a career-high four blocks (3 vs. Kentucky, 3/1/12)
The Series: Georgia improves to 3-0 in its series with Gardner-Webb.
Next Up: The Bulldogs have a day off before returning to action on Saturday against Western Carolina at 2 p.m. Georgia leads the all-time series with the Catamounts 5-0, including most recently an 89-65 win in 2005.