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The Georgia Bulldogs will play their second exhibition to prepare for the 2019-20 season on Friday, traveling to face the Charlotte 49ers at Halton Arena. The contest will tipoff at 7:00 p.m., with proceeds going to April 30th Remembrance Fund. Live audio for the game will be available on georgiadogs.com.

“Playing a true road game and the challenges that come with that are a valuable experience for any team, but even more so for us this season because we have so many newcomers,” head coach Tom Crean said. “While it’s a charity event, I hope we face a true road environment at Charlotte.”

Georgia’s roster features five returning letterwinners and 10 newcomers. The returning Bulldogs – two seniors, a junior and two sophomores – accounted for exactly 1,000 points last season. The newcomers – seven scholarship freshmen, two freshmen walk-ons and a graduate transfer – comprised the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation this season and features five of the consensus top-100 prospects in the country.

Last Friday, Georgia defeated Valdosta State, 93-81, in the Bulldogs’ exhibition opener at Stegeman Coliseum. Freshman Anthony Edwards, a preseason All-American, led Georgia with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Tyree Crump and Rayshaun Hammonds added 16 points apiece.

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Charlotte is entering its second season under head coach Ron Sanchez, who previously was on the staff at Virginia. The 49ers return three starters and six letterwinners from last season. Sophomore Malik Martin in Charlotte’s leading returning scorer after averaging 9.4 points per game last season. Also back is junior Milos Supica, who led the 49ers in rebounding in 2018-19. Charlotte’s roster also features seven newcomers – two transfers who redshirted last season, two graduate transfers and three freshmen.

Proceeds from Friday’s exhibition will go to the April 30th Remembrance Fund, managed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The Fund will support the memorial and remembrance efforts in response to the tragic shooting at UNC Charlotte earlier this year on April 30, in which two students lost their lives and four others were injured.

Following the trip to Charlotte, the Bulldogs will return to practice in preparation for their regular-season opener. Georgia will host Western Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. Single-game and multi-game “flex” plan tickets for the Bulldogs are on sale here.

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.