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Hoop Dawgs down Florida A&M

ATHENS, Ga. — Three players scored in double-figures to lead Georgia to a 82-73 win over Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

Nemanja Djurisic scored a career-high 21 points Saturday.

Sophomore forward Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (5-7) with a career-high 21 points.

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For the first time this season, sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope, who contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in the Bulldog win, wasn't the leading scorer for Georgia, which posted its highest point total of the season and won a third consecutive game for the first time in more than a calendar year.

“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 went on a 13-0 run to help build a 49-36 lead going 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.

The lead shrunk again to seven points late in the game, but Georgia went 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Muhammad Abdul-Aleem had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Florida A&M, which was hindered by shooting just 12-of-25 from the free throw stripe.

Georgia is back in Stegeman for its final non-conference game of the season Friday against George Washington. The game, the final one of the Bulldogs' five-game homestand, tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on CSS.

Story courtesy of Michael Terry, UGA Sports Communications

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