Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points and Georgia broke a
four-game losing streak with a 54-38 victory over East Tennessee
State on Friday night.
Caldwell-Pope, who has led the Bulldogs (2-4) in scoring every
game this season, hit consecutive 3-pointers in the second half to
help hold off the Buccaneers (1-3), who have lost three
Donte Williams added 12 points for Georgia.
Freshman Lester Wilson led East Tennessee State with 12
Caldwell-Pope was 5 for 9 from the field, including 3 of 6 from
the 3-point line, and also led the Bulldogs with seven
His back-to-back 3-pointers helped Georgia stop a surge from the
Buccaneers, who had cut the lead to 46-35 with 6:15 left.
Georgia shot a season-high 63.2 percent (24 of 38) from the
field, but was only 0 for 1 from the free-throw line.
ETSU shot 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from the field in the first
half and 28 percent (14 of 50) for the game.
This was Georgia’s first game since returning from two close
losses to No. 1 Indiana and No. 11 UCLA in the final two rounds of
the Legends Classic in New York.
The Bulldogs, who relinquished halftime leads in both of those
games, closed out the first half against ETSU on a 21-2 run. They
held the Buccaneers without a field goal for the final 7:47 of the
first half to lead 31-13 at the break.
ETSU led 11-10 when the Bulldogs scored 15 consecutive points
for a 25-11 lead with 4:26 left in the half.
Caldwell-Pope and John Cannon sparked the run with four points
each and Vincent Williams added a 3-pointer.
Wilson hit two free throws with 3:54 left, but Nemanja Djurisic
and Caldwell-Pope finished the scoring with consecutive 3-pointers
for a 31-13 lead.
Georgia extended the lead to 37-18 on Charles Mann’s drive and
layup with 14:25 left in the game.
ETSU senior guards Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose missed their
second consecutive game after being suspended indefinitely. They
were arrested on drug charges earlier this week.
Dubose averaged 15.5 points and Cooley averaged 9.5 points in
the Buccaneers’ first two games.
As a result, ETSU started two freshmen, a redshirt freshman, a
sophomore and a junior.
The Bulldogs shot 66.7 percent (14 of 21) from the field in the
first half, their highest mark for one half this season.