Dawgs win 93-89

ATHENS — Georgia's basketball team is beginning to find its winning blueprint.

For the second straight game, the Bulldogs erased a second-half deficit, got a career performance, forced overtime with a last second shot and, most importantly, got a win.

Last time, Georgia topped Oregon State. This time, it beat Wofford 93-89 in front of 5,010 fans in Stegeman Coliseum. It was the third straight win overall for the Bulldogs (4-3), who climbed above .500 for the first time this season.

"The personality we want to acquire as a team is as a very, very tough, rugged, aggressive team and a team that always, always fights regardless of the score," Coach Dennis Felton said. "We're growing into that personality now."

Freshman guard Channing Toney scored a career-best 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining that sent the game to overtime at 84-84. It was the first time all season the Bulldogs had scored morethan 71 points in regulation.

"He did tonight what he can do," Felton said. "He can really shoot the ball and score the ball. Obviously, scoring has been a challenge for us. He can do it."

Toney, whose previous high was 16 against Alabama A&M, was playing in front of the entire basketball team from his alma mater, Brookwood High School. He hit 8 of 14 shots, including 4 of 6 attempts from behind the 3-point line. He also hit all four of his free throws and had three assists versus just one turnover.

"I wanted to really play hard in front of the Brookwood crowd," he said. "It was great they came out and supported me."

Felton said he "never, ever, ever" notices what goes on in the stands during games, but he did see a large contigent of high schoolers wearing burgundy who cheered every time the Bulldogs did something good.

"It kind of gave me a warm feeling in my heart because I knew they had to be a Georgia high school team," he said. "I didn't know who they were until after the game. They've got free tickets to every game we've got."

Against Oregon State, Levi Stukes and Steve Newman each had career highs in scoring. Stukes had another solid game against Wofford, scoring 21 points.

"It doesn't matter how you get (wins) as as long as you get them," he said. "We're the type of team that's going to dig down."

Georgia, which was playing its first game in eight days due to a break for final exams, finally clinched the victory when Sundiata Gaines hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to account for the final margin.

The Terriers (7-3) beat Charleston Southern 84-65 in Charleston in a game that tipped off at 4 p.m. Saturday. They then bused back to their campus in Spartanburg before driving to Athens on Sunday morning. Wofford's only three losses this year have come to Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.

"They're very good," Felton said. "We knew that coming in. I have more respect for them now thanm I did before the game. They're tough. I expect them to have a terrifict season."

Wofford built an early 22-11 lead by scoring on 10 of its first 13 possessions. The Terriers shot 75 percent from the floor in the game's first six minutes but then went on a 3:23 scoreless stretch.

The Bulldogs cut their deficit to two points twice, once at 7:43 and again at 6:39, but Wofford went on a tear again, scoring nine points on three straight 3-pointers in a 58-second span.

The Terriers shot better from behind the 3-point line (7 of 11, 64 percent) than Georgia shot from the free throw line (6 of 10, 60 percent). And they led 45-37 at halftime.

"We're so young that we don't come out and play hard the first 20 minutes," Stukes said.


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