The Georgia men’s basketball team won its third consecutive game, beating the visiting Lipscomb Bisons 84-75 Saturday evening at Stegeman Coliseum. Because of final exams, it was Georgia’s first game in nearly two weeks.
Georgia (4-4) was led offensively by Brandon Morris who scored 17 points. Nemanja Djurisic and Donte’ Williams also scored 15 and 14, respectively.
“It’s good to win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I thought we did some nice things offensively. We were able to defend pretty well in the first half and build a significant lead. One thing we talked about coming into the game was taking away the three-point line, which we did a very good job of after the first few minutes in the first half and then in the second half allowed ten threes. We just didn’t defend well with the lead, which is a real sign of immaturity. But it’s good to win and beat a real hard-nosed crew.”
After a slow start to the game, Georgia used three consecutive three-pointers midway through the half to take a 19-16 lead. The Bulldogs connected on six three-pointers in the first-half, tying a season-high for three-pointers made in a game. Georgia’s defense held the Bisons (4-6) to just three points in the first half’s final seven minutes and the Bulldogs took a 40-27 lead into halftime.
Lipscomb used an 11-1 run to cut the Georgia lead to just four points with eight minutes remaining. Leading by six with just three minutes left in the game, Morris hit a three-pointer and followed with a fastbreak dunk to bolster Georgia’s lead back to double digits with under two minutes left in the game.
Georgia had a season-best day from the field, shooting 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from the behind the three-point arc.
The Bisons were paced offensively by Martin Smith who scored 23 points.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday against Gardner-Webb (5-5) at 11:30 a.m, hosting children from Athens-Clarke County schools. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Georgia vs. Lipscomb Notes
• Georgia made a season-high nine three-pointers (six in the first half). Previously, the season-high was six vs. Georgia Tech.
• Georgia had four players score in double figures for the second time this season (Morris-17; Djurisic-15; Williams-14; Gaines-11).
• The Bulldogs set season high’s in field goal percentage (57.4%) and three-point field goal percentage (50%).
• Kenny Gaines had a career-high five assists (4 vs. Chattanooga, 12/2/13)
• Brandon Morris had a career-high 17 points (14 vs. Nebraska, 11/24/13)
• Taylor Echols had a career-high nine points (3 vs. Chattanooga, 12/2/13)
The Series: Today marked the first ever meeting between Georgia and Lipscomb.
Next Up: The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday against Gardner-Webb (5-5) at 11:30 a.m, hosting children from Athens-Clarke County schools. The Bulldogs are 2-0 all-time versus Gardner-Webb, winning the last meeting 96-67 in 2006.