"We pressed a lot tonight until we established a lead and didn't have to anymore", said head coach Mark Fox. "This team is not built ideally for that but ultimately this program will press a lot and we were able to do some of that tonight."
The aggressive pressing from Georgia allowed the Bulldogs took the lead from the early minutes of play and they never looked back. Senior guard Ricky McPhee led all players in scoring with 20 points, while adding four assists, four steals, and three rebounds. McPhee was an impressive eight of nine shooting while converting four of five three-point attempts.
"Asheville is a hard-nosed, well coached team and I give them a lot of credit for competing hard and fighting back", Fox added. "I think we are deeper and bigger than them and that eventually worked to our advantage in the end."
Several Georgia players stand as testament to Fox's statement regarding depth, as the Bulldogs saw four players in double figures tonight, while every active player saw game action. Sophomore guard Travis Leslie added seventeen points and brought the crowd to its feet with a ferocious slam dunk in the second half. Sophomore forward Trey Thompkins contributed with 16 points and five rebounds, while senior center Albert Jackson registered ten points and six rebounds. John Williams led Asheville in two statistical categories on the evening, leading the team in points and rebounds with 14 and seven, respectively. Next up for Georgia is Jacksonville State on Friday November 27th from the Stegeman Coliseum.