Dawgs Open 2008-09 With W

ATHENS - Jeremy Price led four double-figure scorers with 19 points as Georgia defeated Albany State 93-56 in its only pre-season exhibition basketball game.

Freshman Drazen Zlovaric added 15 points off the bench. His first jumper of the night, at the 12:27 mark of the first half, started Georgia on a 10-0 run that broke the game open. Troy Brewer, who also contributed 15 points, followed with a fast-break dunk. He and Zac Swansey then connected on two straight 3-point shots, the latter with 11:01 left in the half, to give the Bulldogs their first double-digit lead at 22-12.

Zlovaric's basket with 9:07 left in the half put Georgia ahead 26-15. The Bulldogs never led by less than double digits thereafter.

"I was pleased with some of the progress we made from the Clemson scrimmage (last week)," said Georgia coach Dennis Felton. "We took care of the ball well, we shot the ball well, which certainly makes things easier. And we wanted our defense to be strong and set the tempo."

Georgia's victorious night was marred somewhat with 4:42 left, when center Albert Jackson went down with an injury under the Albany State basket. The 6-10 junior was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and is expected to miss at least some practice time.

Jackson had given Georgia its largest lead of the game at 76-35 on a hook shot in the lane with 11:53 left. He finished with four points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs' next action will come Friday, Nov. 14, when they open the regular season at home against South Carolina-Upstate at 7:30 p.m.

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