Rebuilt Bulldogs hold off Morehouse in exhibition

Georgia coach Tom Crean. AP file photo

Credit: Mark Humphrey

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Georgia coach Tom Crean. AP file photo

Credit: Mark Humphrey

Credit: Mark Humphrey

Braelen Bridges had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as Georgia beat Morehouse 64-49 in an exhibition in Athens Friday night.

In the first home outing for 10 newcomers on the roster, the Bulldogs methodically built a double-digit lead in the first half and then withstood a rally by the Maroon Tigers that cut the margin to two points.

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“It felt great to be back in here with fans on a Friday night before our football team plays,” UGA coach Tom Crean said. “To have fans come out like that, wow, I thought it was great. We have 10 guys who have never played in this gym before. We’ve only practiced in this gym I think four times, so we have some getting used to with that type of stuff. I love the way our team came out and was aggressive. ... These guys got after it.”

Kario Oquendo also scored 12 and Aaron Cook added 10.

The Bulldogs open the regular season Tuesday against Florida International.