ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Georgia players scored in double-figures to lead to Georgia to a 82-73 win over Florida A&M Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Sophomore forward Nemi Djurisic led Georgia (5-7) with career-high 21 points. For the first time this season, sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope, who contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in the Bulldog win, didn't lead Georgia in points.
"We are getting better as a team. You could see it in the first half," said head coach Mark Fox. "There is still a long way to go, but we have made some progress. Our defense was good in the first half. We don't have any selfishness on our team. I thought we played some good team ball, and that was predicated on good team defense."
Leading by just five with eight minutes left in the first half, Georgia had five different players combined to go on a 13-0 run to take a 42-24 lead. Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, and the Bulldogs took at 49-36 lead into halftime.
The Rattlers (4-8) took advantage of a slow second half start from the Bulldogs to cut the deficit to just six with 12 minutes remaining, but junior forward Donte' Williams scored on a put-back slam to start a 6-0 run that ended Florida A&M's momentum.
After Georgia built a 76-62 lead late in the game, Florida A&M went on a run to get within seven points, but Georgia went 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the final minute to secure its third win in a row and fifth of the season.
Florida A&M was led by Muhammad Abdul-Aleem who had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Florida A&M was hindered by shooting just 12-of-25 from the free throw stripe.
Georgia improves to 3-0 all-time in its series with Florida A&M.
Georgia returns for the final non-conference game of the season next Friday, Jan. 4, against George Washington. The game, the final game of the Bulldogs' five-game home stand, tips off at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on CSS.
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