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.
“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.”