Georgia edges out UNC-Pembroke 81-69 at home in Athens

The Georgia Bulldogs won their exhibition game on Monday night in Athens over the UNC-Pembroke Braves, but the game was probably a bit tighter than Coach Mark Fox and his staff might have preferred considering that the Dawgs were taking on a Division II opponent. While Georgia did manage to pull away late in the second half, UGA actually trailed at times during this game, including after the break.

Three takeaways from the game:

Georgia’s backcourt will be its strength

Not that this prediction is profound or original, but from what I saw in tonight’s game it appears that both Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines seem poised to take on larger offensive roles this season. Each of these guards finished in double-figures with Mann leading all UGA scorers with a team-high 18 points. Mann looked very comfortable running the Bulldog offense, and he had no problems penetrating and getting a majority of his shots close to the rim.

The Dawgs must have better ball security

Coach Fox’s team looked sloppy from the get-go in this game, committing double-digit turnovers and keeping the Braves in the game via UGA errors. I understand that this game represented Georgia’s first live competition of the season, but no way should an SEC team be as weak with the ball as Georgia was against a D-II opponent.

Cameron Forte will be starting soon

The JUCO transfer from Arizona looked like Georgia’s best big in his first action as a Georgia Bulldog. Forte showed the ability to take defenders off the dribble, and he seems to have an uncanny knack to be around the basketball when it is near the rim. Forte finished the game in double-digits, and I look for him to only improve as he gets more comfortable working in Coach Fox’s offense as the season progresses.

If anyone else caught this game let us know your thoughts below…