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
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.