Georgia Basketball: Bulldogs Rout UT-Chattanooga for Much-Needed Win


The Georgia basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a much-needed victory over UTC.

Kenny Gaines scored 25, hitting 5 of 6 three point attempts and Marcus Thornton scored 24 on 10 of 11 shooting to lead Georgia in an 86 – 55 rout of UT-Chattanooga.

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After sitting out the start in favor of J. J. Frazier, Charles Mann was off the bench early, scoring five points in the middle of the first half to give Georgia its first ten point lead of the night. Mann shot 5 of 6 from the free throw line and scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, earned 5 assists with only 2 turnovers.

Nemi Djurisic scored 10 and claimed a game high 8 rebounds.

Led by Thornton and Mann, Georgia pounded the Mocs in the paint for a 42 – 18 point advantage and the difference in the game.

“I thought tonight we played with the kind of intensity and unselfishness that we’re capable of,” Georgia coach Mark Fox told  “When we play like that, and help each other, we’re a pretty good offensive team, maybe the best we’ve had in the past couple of years.  I was pleased with our effort in what is a difficult environment.”

While UTC was overmatched from the start, the win was much needed by the Georgia basketball tean and they earned it with 63 percent shooting from the field, including 64% shooting from behind the three-point arc. The Dawgs shot 71% on free throws. Georgia earned a 39-24 rebounding margin, had 15 assists to just nine turnovers and blocked 10 shots. The result was the Dawgs best offensive performance of the young season.

After Ronrico White hit a three-pointer from the corner to cut the Bulldog lead to seven at intermission, the Dawgs opened the second half with a quick 16 – 5 run to extend the lead to 18 and the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Georgia returns to the friendly confines of the Stegeman Coliseum to entertain Colorado on Sunday afternoon at 12:00.