Georgia holds off N.C. Central for second straight win

Georgia guard Silas Demary Jr. (4) Georgia's game against North Carolina Central at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Cassie Baker/UGAAA)

Credit: Cassie Baker /UGAAA

Credit: Cassie Baker /UGAAA

Georgia guard Silas Demary Jr. (4) Georgia's game against North Carolina Central at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Cassie Baker/UGAAA)

The Georgia men’s basketball team used a second-half rally for a 64-54 victory over North Carolina Central Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim led Georgia with a game-high 13 points. Justin Hill (11) and Silas Demary Jr. (10) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, who won their second straight game to improve to 2-1.

Georgia led by as many as 11 points in the first half and led 27-23 at intermission. N.C. Central opened the second half on a 9-2 run and held a three-point lead with 14:22 remaining. Georgia answered with a 35-18 run, including 10 straight points, and led by 15 points with 2:52 remaining.

“Found a way,”Georgia coach Mike White said. “Found a way against a program that as a staff we have a lot of respect for in games over a long period of time. Coach Moton and his staff do a tremendous job. I thought they came in here and were really prepared. They dictated tempo. I thought they played incredibly hard and physical. Took the fight to us, and we are fortunate to come away with the ‘W.’”

Georgia’s next game will be in Nassau, Bahamas for the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championships, against No. 13 Miami (Fla.) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The CBS Sports Network will broadcast the two-game event, with the Bulldogs second contest coming against either Providence or Kansas State.