Dawgs defeat Furman in season basketball opener

ATHENS, GA-The Georgia Basketball Bulldogs used a strong second half to pull away from Furman and take a 75-62 win Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

It marked Georgia's first victory in a season-opener since the 1998-99 campaign, but the competition gets much tougher on Monday. That's when Coach Jim Harrick's team meets No. 14 Georgetown in the Tipoff Classic at Springfield, Mass.

Guard Ezra Williams scored 26 points to pace the Bulldogs. Over half of Williams' points (15) came from 3-point baskets.

Georgia (1-0) led only 30-23 after a sloppy first half. Williams scored the first five points of the second period, and the Bulldogs were never threatened again despite shooting just 38.5 percent from the field.

Williams nailed a pair of treys to give Georgia a 48-35 lead with 14:11 remaining. The Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the game and by as many as twenty points.

The Hayes twins, Jarvis and Jonas, made their debuts for the Bulldogs after transferring from Western Carolina University.

Jarvis, who started, was 0-of-5 from three-point range and scored just nine points. His brother played productively in a reserve role, scoring six points, grabbing ten rebounds and blocking two shots.

The Bulldogs finished with ten blocked shots. Jarvis Hayes and Chris Daniels had three apiece.

Anthony Thomas scored 16 points to lead the Paladins (0-1).

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