Georgia 72, S. Dakota St. 61
Donte’ Williams scored 17 points to lead Georgia to a 72-61 win
over pesky South Dakota State on Wednesday night.
South Dakota State (1-2) led by seven points in each half and
was tied as late as 14:09 to play. But Georgia freshman Nemanja
Djurisic came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the
second half as the Bulldogs pulled away late.
Georgia (3-0) also got 15 points from Gerald Robinson and 14
from freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Nate Wolters scored 15 to lead the Jackrabbits, and Taevaunn
Prince added 13.
The two teams opened the game with atrocious offense. The
Bulldogs made just three of their first 18 shots, and the
Jackrabbits just two of their first 10.
South Dakota State was first to put together some offensive
consistency with an 8-0 run that gave the Jackrabbits a 17-10 lead
with 7:11 to go in the half. Wolters, averaging 26 points a game
coming into the contest, scored his first five points during the
Robinson shouldered Georgia’s first-half rally, scoring seven
straight points that tied the score 22-22 with 3:04 left in the
half. It was tied 29-29 at halftime after Prince’s putback at the
By then the two teams had warmed up to a relatively efficient 35
percent from the field.
The Jackrabbits raced to an early lead in the second half, going
up 38-31 with 17:08 remaining on a layup by Chad White. But the
Bulldogs rallied with a 7-0 run, capped by Robinson’s steal and
layup that tied the game 38-38 with 15:45 to go.
Georgia took its first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by
Caldwell-Pope with 14:09 remaining. At 10:20, Caldwell-Pope tipped
in a basket to put the Bulldogs up 52-44.
South Dakota State hung in until Georgia’s athleticism led to
three straight baskets by Djurisic, on a lob, a fast-break layup
and an acrobatic layup, giving Georgia a 66-55 lead with 3:36 to
South Dakota State never warmed up from the line, hitting just
12 of 23 free throws (52.2 percent).
Georgia now plays California on Monday in Kansas City in the
next round of the Progressive CBE Classic. South Dakota State comes
back to Georgia on Monday to play Niagara in Macon.