Georgia men fall to Davidson

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Georgia men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 10 point first half deficit as it lost to the Davidson Wildcats 94-82 Thursday night in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.

Junior forward Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia with 19 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines and freshman forward Cameron Forte also scored in double figures. It’s the first time since December 2012 that the Bulldogs have had four players score at least 10 points.

“We scored the ball at a pretty good percentage, but we got worn out at the (defensive) end,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We’re not as good of a defensive team right now and the free throw line was the big difference in the game. There are obviously a couple of turnovers that we would like to have back, but I thought those numbers were good and our percentages were good.

“What has plagued our team the last couple years is our ability to score the ball. (This year’s team) is a better offensive team so that part is good, but we have to improve at the defensive end and tonight we hopefully learned some lessons.”

In the game, Georgia shot a season-best 55 percent from the field, including 41 percent from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also went 19-of-24 from the free throw line, but shot 17 fewer free throws than Davidson.

The Bulldogs used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to take a 26-23 lead, its last of the game.