Dawgs win exhibition 80-62

ATHENS - Sundiata Gaines led nine different scorers with 16 points as Georgia, playing without top returning scorer Levi Stukes, cruised to a relatively easy 80-62 win over Concordia in its only exhibition basketball game of the preseason.

Five other Bulldogs, including three freshmen, scored in double figures against Concordia, a college of 31,000 students in Montreal. The Stingers were playing their fourth game in five days, a tour that included losses at Duke on Thursday and Davidson on Friday night.

Georgia never trailed in the game but needed much of the first half before breaking free from Concordia. A short jumper by reserve Billy Humphrey gave the Bulldogs their first double-digit lead at 39-29 with 1:23 left before halftime.

A 9-2 run to open the second half enabled Georgia to turn the game into a blowout. Four different Bulldogs scored in the early spurt, capped by a fast-break layup by Younes Idrissi, pushing the Georgia lead to 49-33 just three minutes into the second period.

"I thought we settled down and played better basketball, both offensively and defensively, in the second half tonight," Georgia head coach Dennis Felton said. "Several of our guys started to feel more and more comfortable on the court and that helped out a lot, especially with our first-year players."

The Bulldogs shot 56 percent as a team in the second half, 48 percent for the game. The 2005 Georgia team had a higher percentage in just three games all season. The Bulldogs also combined to block 13 shots by Concordia, which had just one player taller than 6-7.

Georgia junior Levi Stukes, who averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game last year, sat out the game tonight with a strained lower back. He is expected to return long before the Bulldogs' regular-season opener Nov. 18 against Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas.

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