Wright scores 25 as Dawgs move to 2-0

ATHENS – Rashad Wright scored a career high 25 points with a barrage of 3-point shots as Georgia beat Florida Atlantic 99-84.

"I feel like I am a senior and that I need to step up," said Rashad Wright. He added 5 assists and 2 rebounds on the night.

But Georgia struggled at times with FAU's full court press. The Owls pressured the Dawgs in the corners and at the timeline and caused 20 turnovers; far too many for Dennis Felton's liking.

"You are going to have turnovers when you go up against a press," said Felton. "I told the team that I would like to cut the turnovers in half."

With the problems that the press caused Georgia, the Dawgs should expect to see more of it in the future.

Still, Felton's philosophy about getting penetration in order to get easy looks and to get to the charity stripe is in full effect. The Dawgs shot more than double the amount of free throws that the Owls did.

"We got it to the rim with the way that we attacked their pressure," said Felton. "We want to get to the free throw line and with our personnel that is going to be a challenge."

Offense – With Wright scoring 25 points; Damien Wilkins scoring 24; and Jonas Hayes scoring 20 the offense is clicking. Hayes benefited from tons of easy looks at the basket.

"We knew that they would trap and that Jonas would get his opportunities," said Wright.

The Dawgs shot 52% from the field and 82% from the free throw line; Scoring 99 points is always a positive. But the offense could struggle in half court sets in the future.

Grade: B+

Defense – The Dawgs did not allow another 40+ effort from an opposing player but they did let FAU's three best players over 20 points each. They also allowed only 14 free throws total. Georgia's defense really slowed FAU's offense down in the 2nd half after an Owl run that got them within 4 points of the Georgia lead.

"We might have had some break downs on defense. Coach Felton really got onto us for jogging back (when FAU got within 4 points) on transition," said Wright.

Georgia had 10 steals and 5 blocks and its big men never got close to being in foul trouble. When the Dawgs needed it the defense held up; but 84 points is too many.

Grade: C

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