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Georgia opened up its 2017 basketball season with a convincing victory over Bryant in Athens on Friday night. UGA came out on top by the score of 79-54.
Leading the way for Georgia was Yante Maten with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Rayshaun Hammonds also poured in 17 points to go with seven boards and two assists.
Here are a few more notes from Georgia’s blowout win over Bryant:
Georgia didn’t hesitate to move the ball around against Bryant on Friday, and it showed in the box score. The Bulldogs’ offense featured 12 different scorers and five different players had multiple assists.
In addition to the scoring, coach Mark Fox also spread out his minutes. Ten different Bulldogs reached double-digits in minutes played, and 15 got on the court in total.
Part of the reason for Georgia’s success against Bryant as to be credited to its aggressive nature. The Bulldogs forced Bryant into foul trouble all night long, causing 25 fouls before it was all said and done. Five Bryant players reached the four-foul benchmark and another picked up three fouls, although no one fouled out.
Those fouls translated to 32 free throw opportunities for Georgia, but it wasn’t all good news: The Bulldogs shot just 59 percent (19 of 32) from the charity stripe despite the blowout win. That’s an issue that Fox and Bulldogs will have to correct by the time they start facing tougher competition.
Georgia absolutely dominated the rebounding battle against Bryant, especially on the defensive side. The Bulldogs picked up 40 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds in the victory. Bryant, meanwhile, managed just 21 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds, giving Georgia a +24 margin in that category.
Rebounding will often tell the difference in a college basketball game, and that was the case in Athens on Friday night. But in this stat, there’s another weak point for UGA to work on: The Bulldogs were actually out-scored on second chance points, 22-15. Against better competition, Georgia will have to be better at limiting opponents on the offensive glass and do a better job of cashing in on its own opportunities.
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