University of Georgia Athletics

ATHENS, Georgia — Strong offensive performance in the second half helped the Georgia men’s basketball team to a 65-61 win over the Bucknell Bison on Friday night at the Stegeman Coliseum.

With the win, Georgia improves to 3-1 in its young season. The Bison move to 2-2 overall.

TerryRoberts tonight led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds – a season-high for the senior guard.

“I’m proud of our bench,” said the head coach mike white. “Jabri (Abdur-Rahim), Jaxon (Etter) and some of the guys really improved tonight. We found a way to win another ugly one but it’s better than an ugly loss right? Bucknell is a good one program. They win year after year. They’re really difficult to defend. They present so many problems with these two big guys who can score with enormous size and a bunch of guys who can really shoot. They put up good screens. They pack “It’s really defensive too. They’re very solid defensively. We obviously didn’t hit the ball well and that’s not a strong point of ours at the moment. I’m happy to have won against a really good program.

Mardrez McBride put the Bulldogs on the board and knocked down two jumpers before the Bison stringed together multiple possessions to take the lead early in the first half. Roberts and Etter hit back-to-back three-point shots to reduce Bucknell’s lead.

The Bulldogs’ offense relied on free throws late in the first half to fight their way back into the game. Roberts scored a tough shot in the paint to reduce the Bison lead to four and KyeRon Lindsays Couple of dunks made it a one-possession game. Roberts smashed his final two free throws of the first half to level the score at 30 points at the break.

McBride and Roberts led the Bulldogs by seven points at the break. While only 28 percent shot from the field, Georgia boasted 92 percent shooting from the foul line.

Roberts continued his dominant performance with a strong offensive rebound and put-back to keep the score at 34. Jusaun Holt stamped the game’s name with a huge defensive block, and a breakaway by Roberts on ensuing possession gave Georgia a 36-34 lead.

The Bulldogs found their offensive rhythm in the final 12 minutes of the contest as Abdur-Rahim and Roberts each connected with three-point jumps. Abdur-Rahim scored on the ensuing possession to give Georgia a 14-point lead – the widest of the night.

Despite Bucknell’s 13-5 run in the final five minutes of the contest Justin Hill threw two free throws to seal the win for Georgia.

Next, the Bulldogs travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. to face Saint Joseph’s in the 2022 Sunshine Slam on Monday, November 21. Coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. The Bulldogs’ next home game is a week from Sunday when they host East Tennessee State at the Stegeman Coliseum at 1:00 p.m