Gerald Robinson scored 15 points and Georgia hit 10 of 15 free throws in the final 3:15 to hold off Bowling Green 63-54 Sunday in the first round of the Progressive CBE Classic.
Georgia's last field goal came with 4:45 to play when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drove the baseline and made a free throw that gave the Bulldogs (2-0) a 53-43 lead.
A three-point play by Dee Brown with 2:49 to go pulled Bowling Green (1-1) within five, 53-48. The Falcons chose to put the Bulldogs on the line, mostly Robinson and Dustin Ware, and they made enough to preserve the win.
Brown led Bowling Green with 15 points, and Scott Thomas added 11. Caldwell-Pope scored all 11 of his points for Georgia in the second half.
In the first half, Bowling Green was as close as 18-17 with 9:18 remaining after a jumper by forward Craig Sealey. But the Bulldogs would clamp down on the Falcons, holding them to two field goals the rest of the half. By the time Scott Thomas hit a jumper with 2:29 to go in the half, Georgia was up 29-20.
During the Bulldogs' 11-1 run, no single Georgia player scored more than one field goal, as the scoring was distributed equally. Georgia led 33-22 at the half despite being outrebounded by the Falcons 25-13 at intermission.
Georgia scored five quick points to start the second half, taking its largest lead of the game at 38-22 after Dustin Ware's 3-pointer. The Bulldogs still led by 13 at 44-31 with 14:54 to play after Nemanja Djurisic's basket.
But the Falcons closed the gap. Sealey accounted for a field goal and two free throws during a 12-4 comeback that made it 48-43 with 7:16 to go. Then came Brown's three-point play to set up the finish.
The Falcons dominated Georgia on the boards, winning by a 44-28 margin, led by A'uston Calhoun's 11.