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December 30, 2011Dustin Ware had 15 points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Donte' Williams each recorded 12 points and nine rebounds, respectively, leading Georgia to a 58-51 home victory over Delaware State Friday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum.
The team closes the non-conference portion of the schedule on a five-game winning streak.
Georgia (9-5) overcame a slow start that put them in a 14-4 deficit nine minutes into the game after Delaware State's Casey Walker caught fire behind the arc. Walker connected on three of his first four three-point attempts while the Bulldogs struggled to find its shot in the first half to find themselves in the early hole.
But the Bulldogs ended the first on a 23-15 run, kick-started in large part by Vincent Williams and Donte' Williams. Ware provided a spark off the bench, making three of his first five three point attempts. Ware finished the day 5-8 from the field totaling a team-high 15 points.
The highlight of the game came at the first-half buzzer, as Caldwell-Pope gathered a rebound and launched up a half court prayer to beat the buzzer and give the Bulldogs a 32-29 lead at the half.
After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Delaware State (4-7) went cold in the second half, making just seven field goals while shooting 27 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs took advantage of the Hornets' poor shooting, gathering 40 total rebounds to match their second highest team total on the season and building their lead after the break.
"We did rebound the ball well and we made some plays, but we can't be successful in the SEC playing like that," head coach Mark Fox said. "We'll take the win and learn as much as we can from it, but we need to grow up."
The Bulldogs resume play on Sat., Jan. 7, as they host the Alabama to begin SEC play.