Freshmen lead Bulldogs past Jacksonville State, 107-65
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Three freshmen scored in double figures and Georgia scored the first 21 points of the second half to break open a close game and beat Jacksonville State 107-65 on Friday night.
Jeremy Price scored 18 points, Chris Barnes had 14—all in the second half — and Jeremy Jacob added 13 as Georgia’s first-year forwards showed promise in the season-opener for both teams.
A fourth freshman, guard Zac Swansey, had 10 assists.
Georgia center Rashaad Singleton had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs outrebounded the Gamecocks 62-39.
The showing of the freshmen was good news for Georgia (1-0), which needs help inside following the dismissal of forward Takais Brown, last season’s leading scorer, from the team last month.
Jacksonville State (0-1) also was led by a freshman, Jeremy Bynum, who had 19 points as the Gamecocks’ only scorer in double figures.
Billy Humphrey had 13 points as Georgia’s fifth scorer in double figures.
Georgia outscored Jacksonville State 60-24 in the second half.
Georgia led only 47-41 at halftime before Price played a lead role in the 21-0 run over the first 7 minutes for a 68-41 lead.
Price (6-8, 270) replaced starting center Dave Bliss early in the second half and scored eight straight points, including jams on back-to-back possessions.
Terrance Woodbury and Rashaad Singleton each also scored back-to-back field goals in the run.
Jacksonville State was 0-for-11 in the second half before 6-foot-11 forward Amadou Mbodji of Senegal finally scored on a 3-pointer with 13:33 left.
Brown was dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of a team rule last month.
Another Georgia starter, guard Mike Mercer, and a top backup, forward-center Albert Jackson, are suspended for 15 and six games, respectively, for violations of the university’s new attendance policy for student-athletes.
Jacob and Price were expected to see substantial playing time or even start. The surprise Friday night was early foul trouble also forced another freshman, Zac Swansey, to play in the opener.
Senior point guard Sundiata Gaines picked up his second foul less than 5 minutes into the game and didn’t play the rest of the first half.
Swansey played 16 minutes in the first half and had four assists as Georgia withstood the Gamecocks’ 7-for-17 shooting on 3-pointers in the half.