Djurisic Leads Georgia Past Florida A&M, 82-73


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Nemanja Djurisic

Dec. 29, 2012

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ATHENS, Ga -- Three Georgia players scored in double-figures to lead to Georgia to a 82-73 win over Florida A&M Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

Sophomore forward Nemi Djurisic led Georgia (5-7) with career-high 21 points. For the first time this season, sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in the Bulldog win, didn't lead Georgia in points.

"We are getting better as a team.  You could see it in the first half," said head coach Mark Fox.  "There is still a long way to go, but we have made some progress.  Our defense was good in the first half.  We don't have any selfishness on our team.  I thought we played some good team ball, and that was predicated on good team defense."

Leading by just five with eight minutes left in the first half, Georgia had five different players combined to go on a 13-0 run to take a 42-24 lead. Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, and the Bulldogs took at 49-36 lead into halftime.

The Rattlers (4-8) took advantage of a slow second half start from the Bulldogs to cut the deficit to just six with 12 minutes remaining, but junior forward Donte' Williams scored on a put-back slam to start a 6-0 run that ended Florida A&M's momentum.

After Georgia built a 76-62 lead late in the game, Florida A&M went on a run to get within seven points, but Georgia went 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the final minute to secure its third win in a row and fifth of the season.

Florida A&M was led by Muhammad Abdul-Aleem who had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rattlers were hindered by shooting just 12-of-25 from the free throw stripe.

Georgia improves to 3-0 all-time in its series with Florida A&M.

Georgia returns for the final non-conference game of the season next Friday, Jan. 4, against George Washington. The game, the final game of the Bulldogs' five-game home stand, tips off at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on CSS.

NOTES

 

Worth Noting....

 

• Georgia scored 49 points in the first half--the most in any half this season. Coming into today's game, the most the Bulldogs had scored in any half was 42 vs. Youngstown State. (The most first-half points that Georgia had scored this season was 36 vs. Iona)

• Georgia also scored more points in today's game (82) than any other this season. Previously, the high was 78 in its overtime loss to Iona.

• Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Charles Mann, Donte' Williams, Brandon Morris and John Florveus were the starters--it's Georgia's seventh different starting lineup this season.

• For the first time this season, Caldwell-Pope (11 points) did not at least share the lead for Georgia in scoring--Nemi Djurisic scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. Djurisic also had seven rebounds.

• Florida A&M outrebounded Georgia 45-41. It's the first game this season that Georgia has won when being outrebounded by its opponent.

• Today marked on the third time this season that Georgia has had 17 or more assists in a game.

• Freshmen Charles Mann and Brandon Morris continue to play a big role for Georgia. In their third and fourth starts, respectively, the pair combined for 19 points and seven rebounds.

• The win is Georgia's third in a row - the last time Georgia won three games in a row was with a 92-86 win over Winthrop (12/27/11).

Career highs....

Nemi Djurisic set a career high with 21 points.

John Florveus tied a career-high with seven rebounds.

Sherrard Brantley tied a career-high with nine points.

The series: Georgia improves to 3-0 all-time in its series against Florida A&M.

Next Up: Georgia will host George Washington of the Atlantic-10 conference on Friday at 7:00 p.m. It's the first meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs are 6-6 all-time against the Atlantic-10 conference.

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