ATHENS, Ga. -- With over 4,000 Athens-area students, teachers and staff in attendance, the Georgia men's basketball team picked up its third win of the season beating in-state foe Mercer 58-49 Tuesday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
"Today was important and we needed to win," said head coach Mark Fox. "We won the game today because we played such a physical schedule early. We had to be sound for 40 minutes to win this game because [Mercer isn't] making very many mistakes."
The win snaps Georgia's three-game losing streak and is the Bulldogs' 17th in a row over Mercer.
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 17 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Charles Mann also contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.
Georgia took a 26-20 lead into halftime largely behind nine first half points from Caldwell-Pope. Both teams combined for nineteen turnovers in the half.
Mercer opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take the lead 27-26, but Georgia responded with a 13-2 run, capped by two three-pointers from senior guard Sherrard Brantley to go up 39-31. Mann increased the Georgia lead to 53-43 with a dunk with just under four minutes remaining
Georgia, which allowed no Mercer player to score in double-figures, held the Bears to just 31 percent shooting from the field (16-of-51) and 23 percent behind the three-point arc (6-of-26).
Mercer center Daniel Coursey led the Bears offensively with nine points.
Georgia will continue its five-game home stand Saturday when it tips with Southern California at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
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