NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina Central at Georgia
Wed Dec 4, 2019 7:00 PM EST

ND
51
MD
72
F
UVA
40
Purd
69
F
OhSt
74
UNC
49
F
TXSo
62
Gonz
101
F
LoyMa
64
Colora
76
F
FlaAM
43
Tenn
72
F
E WA
80
Wash
90
F
Penn
69
Vill
80
F
UtSt
71
SJSU
59
F
IUPUI
51
MorSt
56
F
SacHr
89
UMassL
86
F
Leh
69
StFPA
77
F
SCar
84
UMass
80
F
Boston
63
GrgWas
64
F
W IL
86
Evans
90
F
VMI
58
Duques
71
F
Colg
82
Bingha
74
F
E IL
69
IPFW
74
F
RobM
70
YSU
81
F
WIGB
71
Xav
84
F
JMU
71
Radf
94
F
(N/A)
51
Ohio
90
F
Maine
63
NE
78
F
Longw
41
NCAT
52
F
(N/A)
37
UNH
91
F
KennSt
54
UNCG
72
F
Tows
76
Morg
59
F
Akr
85
Marsh
73
F
NCC
59
UGA
95
F
Canis
59
FlAtl
62
F
FlGlf
53
FlInt
71
F
LoyMD
84
DelSt
76
F
ETSU
96
Citad
84
F
Iona
62
UConn
80
F
(N/A)
79
CoCar
114
F
Toled
80
Clev
65
F
(N/A)
55
Brown
82
F
Nebras
56
GaTec
73
F
Yale
61
Albany
52
F
Princ
76
Drex
82
F
NJIT
65
Army
75
F
PaulQ
69
Gram
79
F
ArkPB
39
Tuls
72
F
GTown
81
OkSt
74
F
UMKC
61
IaSt
79
F
BYU
95
Utah
102
F(OT)
UCDav
85
NoAZ
66
F
Norf
59
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
63
ULMo
86
F
TxSt
60
Hou
68
F
N AL
63
Troy
71
F
TxTch
60
DeP
65
F(OT)
Tul
61
SoMis
56
F
NNMU
47
N CO
92
F
Jacksn
56
Marq
75
F
Web
72
UtVal
67
F
AF
86
Wyo
77
F
Bois
78
NM
80
F
SDSU
79
ColSt
57
F
ChiSt
89
SIU-E
81
F
Wisc
54
NCSU
69
F
Wake
54
PSU
76
F
UCRiv
67
CBap
79
F
CSNor
71
Portl
64
F
CS-Ful
59
Pacif
62
F
SCla
67
Nev
98
F
WaSt
78
Ida
65
F
UNLV
81
Fres
80
F(2OT)
Cal
64
USF
76
F

Dec 4, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina Central (2-7)

35

24

59

Georgia (6-2)

50

45

95

Edwards, Hammond combine for 40, Georgia tops NCCU 95-59
Wed Dec 4, 2019 10:34 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Tom Crean wasn’t sure how much prized freshman Anthony Edwards would even be able to play on Wednesday because of a problematic lower body injury that limited him to 20 minutes of practice on Tuesday.

Thanks to some work from the trainers, Edwards was able to play and again contribute at a high level. He combined with Rayshaun Hammonds to score 40 points to lead Georgia to a 95-59 win over North Carolina Central University on Wednesday.

Edwards scored 21 points, his third straight 20-point game. The freshman was 8-for-15 from the field, 4-for-8 on 3-pointers, and added four assists. He was the team’s leading scorer for the sixth time this season.

“He buys into knowing he’s got to get better,” Crean said. “For an 18-year-old, he’s very responsive to what has to happen for him to become a better player, a better teammate, all those different things.”

Hammonds scored 19 points, making 7-for-12 from the field, and grabbed nine rebounds. Hammonds helped Georgia outrebound NCCU 54-25.

Georgia (6-2) also got 16 points from Tyree Crump and 11 from reserve Christian Brown. The Bulldogs scored 90-plus points for the fifth time and scored 52 points in the paint.

“I always tell Rayshaun, ‘We’re going to feed it through you, so ya’ll get going,’” Crump said.

North Carolina Central (2-7) lost its third straight. The Eagles were led by senior forward Jibiri Blount with 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals. C.J. Keyser scored 16 points off the bench. The Eagles were without Randy Miller, a preseason all-conference selection who 14.3 points.

Crean was fearful of this game since his players are still recovering jet lag after a 14-hour flight to Hawaii for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

“Games like this scare coaches half to death and this one probably scared me three-quarters to death,” Crean said. “To come back from Maui and try to get your body clock … it doesn’t matter if you’re 19 or 79, your body clock is going to be different after a trip like that. So to get that win is fantastic.”

Georgia was playing without starting forward Amanze Ngumezi, who was suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced in the lineup by freshman Rodney Howard, who had four points, four rebounds and four blocks.

After a slow start, Georgia began to get separation with a 6-0 run culminated by an emphatic breakaway dunk by Edwards that gave the Bulldogs a 14-9 lead and caused NCCU to call a timeout. That didn’t slow Georgia, which stretched the streak to 13-0 before Kobby Ayetey connected on a 3-pointer with 10:18 left.

Georgia used a 18-5 run and pushed its lead to 21 points when Edwards finished a fast break with a dunk to make it 46-25. The Bulldogs led 50-35 at halftime.

The Bulldogs put it away early in the second half with an 11-0 run - sparked by Hammonds’ 3-pointer and fastbreak layup on consecutive plays - that upped their lead to 63-37 with 15:25 remaining.

A 12-0 run padded Georgia’s lead to 79-45 with 7:04 left, when the Bulldogs removed their starters for the rest of the game.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina Central: The Eagles were the preseason pick to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference but dropped to 0-2 against Power Five schools. NCCU lost to Louisville by 29 points in November. The Eagles are now 1-5 against teams from the SEC.

Georgia: The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 at home and have won those games by an average of 20.4 points. It was their second win over a team from the MEAC this season, having beaten Delaware 100-66 on Nov. 15. Georgia improved to 16-0 all-time against the MEAC.

3-POINT SUCCESS

Georgia successfully built its lead through its success on 3-point baskets. The Bulldogs were 9-for-25 on 3-pointers, their second-highest total of the season. Georgia made 12 treys in a loss to Michigan State in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

SUSPENDED

Georgia was playing without starting forward Amanze Ngumezi, who was indefinitely suspended. Coach Tom Crean said, “There are a combination of factors involved in this decision, all of which are associated with his lack of personal awareness and the attitude expected of a Georgia Bulldog basketball player.” Ngumezi, 6-foot-9 sophomore from Savannah, was averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in seven games. Freshman Rodney Howard got the start, his first.

UP NEXT

North Carolina Central will finish a four-game road trip on Saturday at Charleston Southern before returning home for its first game since Nov. 21.

Georgia is on the road again on Saturday against Arizona State in a return match of a home-and-home series. The Sun Devils beat the Bulldogs in Athens last season.

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Leaders

North Carolina Central PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Palmer 0 0 0 0 1 1
J. Dawkins 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Walton 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Turnier 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

NCC UGA
Points For 59 95
Field Goals 23/66-35% 37/70-53%
Three Pointers 6/21-29% 9/25-36%
Free Throws 7/11-64% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 13 22
Defensive Rebounds 12 32
Rebounds 27 56
Blocks 2 6
Steals 9 8
Turnovers 14 16
Personal Fouls 18 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UGA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 NCC 59 @ UGA 95 E. Clayborne 1 T. Fagan 3

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 7,738
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