Seniors Marcus Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic continued their strong play from Friday night’s contest – a game in which they each of scored 17 points – against the Owls of Florida Atlantic on Sunday. In this evening’s game, Thornton put the Dawgs on his broad shoulders and carried them to a 74-61 victory, scoring 17 again to go along with 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Neme, who seemed to the be the catalyst for a majority of Georgia’s scoring plays, nearly messed around and got a triple-double, scoring 8 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out 8 assists. The senior appears to be as comfortable as ever putting the ball on the floor this season, and for now, it is working for Coach Fox’s team.
UGA’s offense ran as smoothly as it has all year, with the Dawgs hitting cutters down the lane off of screens – the performance was vintage Fox, circa the days of Thompkins, Leslie and GR22. Georgia had 15 team assists, and they shot a robust 46% from the floor.
The only other UGA player to score in double digits was Kenny Gaines, who chipped in 15 for the game. Gaines definitely looks a lot closer to 100% than he did a little over a week ago, knocking down a three and throwing down a couple of thunderous dunks.
Charles Mann, who’s been hot and cold so far this season, struggled against the Owls, netting just 8 points, going 2 for 8 from the field. He had trouble finishing on his drives tonight, and he seemed like he was forcing it at times.
Once Georgia took command of this game – carrying an 8 point lead into the break – they never really felt threatened by the Owls. The Dawgs kept their advantage above 10 points for nearly the entire second half, coasting to their third straight win since losing to Georgia Tech in the season opener.
Coach Fox’s team turned in another solid defensive effort, limiting FAU to just 41% shooting from the floor. The Dawgs dominated the rebounding battle, snagging 45 boards to the Owls’ 32.
Marquan Botley led all scorers with 20 points.
The Owls, who are now 1-3 on the year, were projected to finish in the lower echelon of the Conference USA. While Georgia’s recent win streak has come at the expense of some pretty soft competition, the Dawgs have looked good winning.
Next week’s matchup with #13 Gonzaga will really give fans a chance to measure just exactly what kind of team Coach Fox has this year.