Win number one, but long way to go yet

ATHENS – Georgia's win over Alabama A&M was a virtual offensive explosion for the Bulldogs.

Scoring more than 70 points for the first time in this season, the Bulldogs beat Alabama A&M 71-54 in front of a sparse crowd at Stegeman Coliseum to move their season record to 1-2.

But the problems still remain for the Bulldogs, and no team will make that more evident this season than in-state rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs travel to Atlanta Sunday night to take on the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked in the top five in this week's national basketball polls.

Tech can score from nearly any position on the floor; Georgia is still trying to figure out who on its limited roster will be providing scoring this season. Only two players, Sundiata Gaines and Channing Toney, are averaging double digit scoring for the season, and they are both freshmen. Levi Stukes, who was supposed to be the team's leading scorer got over the ten point hump for the first time all year tonight.

"Nothing is going to come easy for us," said head coach Dennis Felton. That's an understatement. Georgia's defense seems steady, but it will get a true test this weekend in Atlanta. The Bulldogs will likely not play a better team this season. Again, Tech can score from all positions on the floor.

Georgia's deficiencies – there are many to choose from this season – will be exposed once and for all against the Jackets.

But there were some very encouraging signs in the over Alabama A&M. Steve Newman, who often seems timid with the ball, scored 13 points. And David Bliss continued his aggressive play on the boards. He took home ten rebounds, four of which were on offense.

"Dave has been our most consistent player all season," said Felton after the game.

Sill, the Bulldogs will need a 20-point or more effort from at least two players to beat the Yellow Jackets Sunday. Even Felton has his doubts about that. "It's hard to envision this team being a high-powered offense," he said.

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