The Georgia Men’s Basketball team defeated Gardner-Webb last night, beating the Runnin’ Bulldogs 77-59. This win makes the Dawgs 3-0 at home, which is a great start to the season, and are 4-2 overall.
11 players were contributed in scoring against Gardner-Webb. Each of those 11 players scored at least two points. Georgia also had three double-digit players last night. Yante Maten was the leading scorer, yet again, for Georgia as he put 16 points on the board. J.J. Frazier also contributed 10 points, and Mike Edwards collected ten as well. Maten also led the defensive side of things as well, collecting nine rebounds.
The off-the-bench players for Georgia proved themselves tonight as they contributed 35 of the 77 points. Pape Diatta finally found some rhythm scoring nine points and bringing down six rebounds. The leader off of the bench was Mike Edwards; he contributed both offensively and defensively, having five rebounds and ten points. He was perfect from the line tonight shooting four-out-of-four free throws.
“It’s good to win. We were concerned about this game. We got back the other night, near 4:00 a.m. when they got back to the dorm room, and we just looked today at our shoot around like a real tired group. We played a step behind in the first half, fouled a lot, and they got to the foul line a ton,” Coach Fox said. “We corrected that in the second half, and that allowed us to get more stops. We didn’t rebound the ball well tonight, but we have a deep enough team that we were still able to find a way to win.”
There were 14 lead changes in this game and ten ties. However, after halftime, it was all Dawgs for the rest of the matchup. The Georgia defense caused 11 steals, four blocks, and forced a total of 19 turnovers. The team ended up scoring 28 points off of those turnovers. The Dawgs shot 47.3 percent from the floor tonight and 21-of-28 from the foul line. It was an impressive win for Georgia and showed it isn’t always a Frazier and Maten show.
The Dawgs will be back at home on Wednesday, November 30, to host the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers. Tip-off will be starting at 7 p.m.