Georgia 64, Furman 50

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points to lead Georgia over

Furman 64-50 Friday night.

Caldwell-Pope scored 11 straight points for Georgia (7-5) over

an 8-minute stretch in the second half.

Gerald Robinson scored 13 for the Bulldogs. Dustin Ware came off

the bench to score all 11 of his points in the first half, and

Donte Williams added 10 for Georgia.

Brandon Sebirumbi led the Paladins (6-6) with 10 points.

Furman never led, but Richard Brown’s basket with 13:14 to play

in the first half tied the score 9-9. Georgia scored nine straight

points, capped by a Williams’ stuff to take an 18-9 lead with 9:57

until halftime. Williams dunked on Furman three times while scoring

eight points in the first half.

The Bulldogs’ biggest lead came when a back-door alley-oop layup

by Caldwell-Pope made it 32-17 with 4:18 to play. That was the last

field goal of the half for the Bulldogs, who led 34-23 at

intermission.

After Robinson made Georgia’s first basket of the second half,

Caldwell-Pope took over the Bulldogs’ scoring for the next 8

minutes. The freshman scored on a breakaway layup, a 3-pointer from

the corner and a back-door layup to put Georgia ahead 43-27 with

14:35 to play.

Three straight 3-pointers by Furman cut the margin to 43-36 with

12:18 remaining. But Caldwell-Pope answered with two straight

breakaways. On the first, the 6-foot-5 guard blocked a shot and

took it coast to coast. On the second, he took a lead pass and

threw down an authoritative dunk.

After Furman’s Charlie Reddick nailed a 3-pointer to pull the

Paladins to within 52-41, Georgia went on a free-throw-fueled 12-4

run to go up 64-45 with 3:43 to go.

Georgia hit 16 of 17 free throws, and Furman made 10 of 11. Each

team missed its final free-throw attempt.