Georgia 97, Southern 37
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Billy Humphrey scored a career-high 23 points and Georgia’s 21 steals helped set up 51 points off turnovers, lifting the Bulldogs past Southern 97-37 Friday night in the season-opener for each team.
Humphrey made 7 of 8 3-point attempts as the Bulldogs showed improved depth even while two potential starters, Channing Toney and Takais Brown, served academic suspensions imposed by coach Dennis Felton.
Mike Mercer was 0-for-6 on 3-pointers but added 21 points for Georgia.
Rashaad Singleton, a 7-foot sophomore center, also set a career high with 14 points for the Bulldogs. Steve Newman and freshman center Albert Jackson each added 10 points.
Chris Davis led Southern with 12 points.
Guards Deforrest Riley-Smith, who had 10 points, and Steffon Wiley are the only returning starters for Southern. The Jaguars won the Southwestern Athletic Conference last season and lost to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament to finish 19-13.
Georgia opened the game with three steals—each leading to a basket—in the first minute. A quick time-out by Southern coach Rob Spivery didn’t help the Jaguars.
A three-point play by Singleton capped a 16-0 run for a 27-5 lead. Southern’s final points of the half came on their first 2-point field goal of the game, leaving Georgia with a 50-14 lead.
Toney served a one-game suspension and Brown is serving an indefinite suspension by Felton. Each watched the game from Georgia’s bench.