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 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.