Georgia 81, Towson 51
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Georgia bounced back from an overtime loss at Gonzaga, building a 20-point lead at halftime and cruising to an 81-51 victory over Towson on Tuesday night.
Rashad Wright scored 21 points for the Bulldogs (3-1), who were able to give extensive playing time to a bench filled with freshmen and walk-ons.
Nine Georgia players scored—big news for a team that dressed only seven scholarship players. Chris Daniels added 15 points and Damien Wilkins 13.
Expected to struggle in Dennis Felton’s first season as coach, Georgia took No. 17 Gonzaga to overtime before losing 82-76 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs weren’t challenged at all by Towson (2-2), who went 4-24 last season—including a 1-17 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Georgia had a double-figure lead just 4 1/2 minutes into the game and blew it open with an 18-6 spurt. Wilkins’ dunk with 6:20 remaining in the first half made it 35-15.
The Bulldogs led 46-26 at the half, taking advantage of 13 turnovers by Towson. Georgia scored numerous baskets in transition while the Tigers struggled just to pass the ball in their half-court offense.
Levi Stukes had four of Georgia’s 10 steals in the opening half.
At Towson, this has come to be expected. The Baltimore-area school averaged 20.4 turnovers per game last season, more than any team in Division I.
While Georgia and Towson were meeting for the first time, they do have a connection. The Tigers are coached by Michael Hunt, who was an assistant at Georgia from 1997-01—two seasons under Ron Jirsa, two more on Jim Harrick’s staff.
Lawrence Hamm scored 16 points, making him the only Towson player in double figures. The Tigers shot only 36 percent from the field, were outrebounded 50-35 and forced only nine turnovers.