Athens, Ga. – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope poured in a game-high 17 points and the University of Georgia held Furman to 32.7% shooting as the Bulldogs topped the Paladins, 64-50, in non-conference men's basketball action on Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
With the victory, Georgia improved to 7-5 on the season while Furman slipped to 6-6 with its second straight defeat.
Caldwell-Pope connected on 8-of-17 shots to lead four Bulldogs in double figures. Senior Gerald Robinson netted 13 points, Dustin Ware tallied 11 points and Donte Williams added 10 as Georgia shot 48.8% from the floor and made 16-of-17 foul shots.
The Bulldogs shot 52% from the field in the first half and used a 9-0 spurt to grab an 18-9 lead on Williams' slam with 9:58 left in the period. Georgia held Furman to 6-of-20 shooting in the first half while building a 34-23 halftime cushion.
Caldwell-Pope scored seven straight points for the Bulldogs early in the second half to extend the Georgia lead to 43-27, but Furman buried three consecutive triples, including two from freshman Jordan Loyd, to trim the margin to 43-36 with 12:20 to play. Caldwell-Pope followed with a pair of breakaway baskets and Sherrard Brantley answered a Richard Brown jumper with a trey to help Georgia begin a 17-5 run to pull away from the Paladins for good.
Senior Brandon Sebirumbi paced Furman with 10 points on the strength of a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line while Loyd added eight points. The Paladins managed to connected on 10-of-11 trips to the foul line, but made only 6-of-17 three-point attempts.
Georgia turned the ball over just nine times and turned 14 Furman miscues into 17 points. The Paladins held a 33-26 rebounding edge and outscored the Bulldogs 11-2 on second chance points.
Furman will be idle for a week before capping its four-game road trip in its non-conference finale at UNC Wilmington on December 30.