Scores

Final

W Carolina 65

(7-8, 1-0 Southern)

Georgia 89

(9-3, 6-0 home)

    4:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

    Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

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    WCU 30 3565
    UGA 39 5089

    Top Performers

    Western Carolina: C. Muirhead 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Georgia: M. Mercer 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Georgia 89, Western Carolina 65

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Channing Toney led Georgia with a season-high 18 points as the Bulldogs beat Western Carolina 89-65 Saturday, surpassing last season's win total.

    Toney broke out of a three-game slump during which he had totaled eight points while hitting four of 18 shots.

    Georgia (9-3) also got 17 points from Mike Mercer and 15 from Levi Stukes. Stukes scored all his on 3-pointers.

    Western Carolina's (7-8) Corey Muirhead was the game's high scorer with 20 points and top rebounder with 12. David Berghoefer added 13 points for the Catamounts.

    Georgia hit nine 3-pointers in the first half, including four during a five-minute span that helped the Bulldogs build a 37-19 lead with 6:01 to go before intermission. But Georgia would not score another field goal in the first half, allowing the Catamounts to post an 11-2 run to narrow the gap to 39-30 at halftime.

    Near the end of the half, Georgia was called for a technical foul when six Bulldogs lined up on the floor for an inbounds play after coach Dennis Felton called a timeout to set up a play.

    Berghoefer scored the first basket of the second half to pull the Catamounts to within seven points of Georgia. But Georgia answered in short order with four more treys.

    A pair of free throws by Mercer with 14:27 to play restored Georgia's 18-point edge, and then Mercer gradually built on it. He followed with an alley-oop dunk and free throw, an acrobatic layup in transition and another layup and free throw to give the Bulldogs a 63-40 lead midway through the second half.

    Georgia was on pace to challenge its single-game record of 19 3-point shots made before switching tactics the last 14 minutes of the game. The Bulldogs tried few 3-pointers the rest of the game and made only one, when Kevin Brophy's pass for an alley-oop to Kendrick Johnson swished through the basket instead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WCU
    UGA
    Points 65 89
    FG Made-Attempted 22-42 (.524) 27-54 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 14-25 (.560)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-33 (.576) 21-31 (.677)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 26

    2005-06 Season

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