Nemi Djurisic scored 17 points Friday night, including four straight in the final minutes, to help the Georgia Bulldogs to their latest win, 52-41 over the George Washington Colonials at Stegeman Coliseum.
The game was Georgia’s fourth straight win, and the second consecutive game that Djurisic has at least shared the lead in points. Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also scored 17 points.
Junior forward John Florveus led the Bulldogs with a career high 10 rebounds.
“That’s a good win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We won the rebounding battle, and we shot well from the field. There are some nice things on that stat sheet. … I was really proud of a lot of our kids’ effort.”
The Colonials used a 10-3 run late in the first half to build a 21-18 lead by halftime. Both teams combined for 19 first-half turnovers and 2-for-9 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.
Georgia took the lead on a Caldwell-Pope slam dunk with just under 14 minutes to play in the second half. Later, senior guard Sherrard Brantley capped off a 7-0 Georgia run with a 3-pointer to take a 32-28 lead.
Both teams traded the lead until Georgia built a 46-39 lead off of a layup from Djurisic with two minutes remaining. Georgia shot a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line in the final minute to its fourth win in a row and sixth win of the season.
George Washington was paced offensively by Kevin Larsen who scored 14 points.
UGA out-rebounded the Colonials 39-31 – only the third time this season the Colonials have been beaten on the boards. And the Bulldogs’ defense, which held GW to just 24 percent from the field, kept the Colonials without a 3-pointer – the first time a Georgia team has done so since 2004.
The Bulldogs return to the hardwood for its SEC-opener against Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Photo: DARRELL WALKER
Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes up for a dunks and two of his 17 points in the Bulldogs 52-41 victory over the George Washington Colonials at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope and Nemi Djurisic led UGA with 17 points apiece.