Dawg Move Past St. Louis, Majerus

ATHENS – The competition was improved Wednesday night, but so was Georgia, and the result was the Bulldogs' most complete performance of the season against one of college basketball's best coaches.

Five players scored in double figures and Georgia posted an exceptional defensive effort early to defeat Rick Majerus' St. Louis Billikens 64-56.

"This is probably the most complete team we've played," said center Albert Jackson, who finished with three rebounds and four blocks. "They had a lot of good individual players that could pass, could knock down shots and just knew how to play the game. Coach was really on us about coming out and playing a whole, complete game, and I think we did that."

The Bulldogs jumped out to a big first-half lead behind a staunch defensive effort that held St. Louis to just five field goals.

Head coach Mark Fox said his longterm goal is to be a defense that thrives by pressing and trapping, and Wednesday's game marked the team's best effort of the season in that area. St. Louis didn't score its first field goal until the 10:37 mark of the first half after the Bulldogs had already built a 10-point lead.

"The key for us in the first half is that our defense was terrific to start the game," Fox said. "That allowed us to get some baskets in transition, relax, play with some confidence and play with a lead the whole night."

While the defensive effort faded a bit down the stretch and the Billikens rallied from a 20-point deficit to within five in the final four minutes of the game, Georgia's free-throw shooting remained sharp and the Bulldogs closed on a high note.

Dustin Ware led all scorers with 17 points, while Jeremy Price added 14, Trey Thompkins chipped in 12, Travis Leslie had 11 and Ricky McPhee finished with 10.

"We came out with a great approach," Ware said. "Five guys in double figures, it just shows how the offense flowed. We were in a good groove."

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