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Hoop Dawgs win fourth in a row

ATHENS, Ga. — Nemi Djurisic scored 17 points, including four-straight in the final minutes to help Georgia to a 52-41 win over George Washington on Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Nemi Djurisic scored in double-figures for a second consecutive game to help Georgia to Friday night's win.

It’s the second consecutive game that Djurisic has at least shared the lead in points for Georgia (6-7), which has now won four games in a row entering the start of SEC play.

Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also scored 17 points. Junior forward John Florveus led the Bulldogs with a career-high 10 rebounds.

“That’s a good win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We won the rebounding battle, and we shot well from the field. There are some nice things on that stat sheet. Then you see the turnover column and we have 25. I thought in the first half we looked like a team that needed school to start. We just had to grind through because we’ve been working hard. When it really mattered, though, I thought we got our energy back and our spirit back, and we beat a good team. I was really proud of a lot of our kids’ effort.”

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Both teams combined for 19 first-half turnovers, and the Colonials (6-7) used a 10-3 run late in the first half to build a 21-18 lead at halftime.

Georgia (6-7) took the lead on a Caldwell-Pope slam dunk with just under 14 minutes to play in the second half. Later, senior guard Sherrard Brantley capped off a 7-0 Georgia run with a three pointer to take a 32-28 lead.

Both teams traded the lead until Georgia built a 46-39 lead off of a layup from Djurisic with two minutes remaining. Georgia shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to its fourth win in a row and sixth win of the season.

Georgia’s defense, which held George Washington to just 24 percent from the field, kept the Colonials without a 3-pointer. It was the first time a Georgia team has done so since 2004.

George Washington was paced offensively by Kevin Larsen, who scored 14 points. Georgia outrebounded the Colonials 39-31.

Georgia returns to the hardwood for its SEC opener Wednesday at Florida. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on CSS.

Story by Michael Terry/UGA Sports Communications

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