ATHENS, Ga.-Georgia junior Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 87-56 victory over Chattanooga on Monday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Djurisic was one of 13 Bulldogs (3-4) to score in the game. Senior Marcus Thornton came up just short of his first career double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds.
"That certainly was a good win for us," said head coach Mark Fox. "We played really well in the first half, especially defensively. I thought that we came in with a good approach and good plan and really executed it well in the first half. It was a really good night for us, especially with the fact that Charles [Mann] didn't play much. It was a good win for us against a team that I thought was a really hard playing team."
Georgia never trailed, using a 19-4 run midway through the first half to gain a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs benefited from 14 first-half points from Djurisic-the most for any Bulldog in a half this season. Georgia's defense stifled Chattanooga (3-6) on the offensive end, holding the Mocs to just 19 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
In the second half, a nine-point spurt by the Mocs shrunk the Georgia lead to 26 points, but a dunk by Brandon Morris doused the Chattanooga momentum, and sent the Bulldogs on a 12-2 run to secure its second straight victory.
The Mocs were hindered by shooting just 29 percent from the field in the game. Georgia also held a 51-to-38 rebounding advantage which led to 54 points from the paint.
Georgia improves to 28-5 all-time in its series with Chattanooga.
After a break for final exams, Georgia will welcome the Lipscomb Bison (3-4) to Athens on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
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