Georgia 64, Furman 50
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)
Caldwell-Pope scored 11 straight points for Georgia (7-5) over an 8-minute stretch in the second half.
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.