The Bulldogs head into Southeastern Conference play riding a four-game winning streak in which they won each contest by double digits, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the Bulldogs heading into conference play since the 2002-03 season.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by forward Yante Maten, who poured in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Maten was joined in double figures by J.J. Frazier with 17 points. Both Bulldogs have scored in double figures seven times each this season.
“We did some nice things tonight,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We were able to shoot 54-percent from the field, 40-percent from the three-point line and 84-percetn from the free throw line. You leave looking at the stat sheet with their team shooting 12-percent from three and below 40-percent from the field and you would think that we played extremely well. We’re going to look at the tape and think we played poorly. I thought we were very rusty coming off the break. We practiced better since Christmas than we played tonight.”
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes and never surrendered their lead in the first half. Robert Morris tied the game up 6-6 4:34 into the contest, but Georgia responded with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. Frazier gave the Bulldogs a final boost of momentum before halftime scoring a four-point play with 2.4 seconds left in the period after getting fouled on a made three-point basket. Nine different players scored in the half giving the Bulldogs a 38-27 lead heading into the break.
The Colonials cut the Bulldogs’ lead to as low as five with 15:31 left in the game, but Georgia forced several turnovers on the ensuing possessions to push its lead to 52-42 at the 12-minute media timeout. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 16 after a pair of free throws from Kenny Paul Geno and two baskets from Frazier. Several minutes later Frazier put the final stamp on the game hitting a long three-pointer for his 17th point of the game.
The Bulldogs held the Colonials to just 37.9-percent shooting on the game. Georgia was everywhere on the defensive end forcing Robert Morris to commit 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs never trailed in the game.
Georgia begins SEC play on January 2nd when the Bulldogs travel to Gainesville, Florida to take on rival Florida at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU.