Closer look: UGA men’s basketball hosts Gardner-Webb

GARDNER-WEBB AT GEORGIA

Closer look: UGA men's basketball hosts Gardner-Webb
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WHEN/WHERE: 11:30 a.m. today/Stegeman Coliseum.

RADIO: The Ref 960-AM.

RECORDS: Gardner-Webb is 6-6. Georgia is 4-4.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Gardner-Webb — F Donta Harper (Jr., 6-7, 12.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg); F Jerome Hill (So., 6-5, 11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg); C Mike Byron (So., 6-10, 4.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg); G Tyler Strange (Jr., 5-10, 8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg); G Naji Hibbert (RSo., 6-5, 12.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg). Georgia — F Marcus Thornton (Jr., 6-8, 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg); G Cameron Forte (So., 6-7, 6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F Donte’ Williams (Sr., 6-9, 6.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Charles Mann (So., 6-5, 14.3 ppg, 2.9 apg), G Kenny Gaines (So., 6-3, 12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg).

SERIES: Georgia leads the series 2-0.

LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs defeated Gardner-Webb 96-67 on Dec. 5, 2006. Levi Stukes led Georgia with 20 points and was 6 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line.

SEASON AT A GLANCE: Gardner-Webb defeated Clearwater Christian 106-54 on Dec. 14 and lost 85-66 at No. 8 Duke on Monday. Georgia evened its record at 4-4 on Dec. 14 with an 84-75 victory over Lipscomb, its third consecutive victory after a 1-4 start.

NOTEWORTHY: Some 5,000 Athens-Clarke County school children, faculty and staff will be in attendance at today’s game. … Charles Mann, Georgia’s leading scorer, sustained a bone bruise against Appalachian State on Nov. 29; he only played nine minutes against Chattanooga, didn’t play at all against Lipscomb and returned to practice for the first time in two weeks on Monday. … In the Bulldogs’ win over Lipscomb, Brandon Morris (17 points), Nemanja Djurisic (15 points), Donte’ Williams (14 points) and Kenny Gaines (11 points) all scored in double digits … Walk-on Taylor Echols added nine points for Georgia against Lipscomb. … Georgia is ranked 37th in the country in field goal percentage (49 percent), which is the best percentage by a Bulldog team since the mid-1980s. … Against Duke, Garnder-Webb had four players score in double figures –Jerome Hill (22 points), Donta Harper (13 points), Tyler Strange (11 points) and Naji Hibbert (12 points). … Strange leads Gardner-Webb with an average of 30 minutes played per game. … In the team’s victory over Clearwater Christian, Tyrell Nelson came off the bench to score 20 points. … Gardner Webb has had eight different players start this season. … Players on the Gardner-Webb roster from Georgia include Hill (Cook County) and Donnell Tuff (Tift County) . … Tim Craft is in his first year coaching the Runnin’ Bulldogs. … Gardner-Webb went 21-13 overall and 11-5 in the Big South Conference in 2012-13. … Georgia will host Western Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday to close out a five-game homestand and will then hit the road to face Colorado (Dec. 28) and George Washington (Jan. 3).

— Chris Starrs

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