Georgia Starts Slow but Moves to 3-0 in Progressive Classic

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 17, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10:  Donte Williams #15 of the Georgia Bulldogs vies for posession of the ball with Kenny Gabriel #22 and Josh Wallace #11 of the Auburn Tigers during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Fresh off a first round defeat last year to Washington in the NCAA Tourney, the Georgia Bulldogs are ready to battle their way back again. Georgia defeated South Dakota State Wednesday in the Progressive Classic.

The first half was a tight battle with both teams scoring 29 points. The second half was a different story as the Bulldogs kicked it into high gear and scored 43. Georgia would win the game by 11 to move to 3-0 on the young season.

Freshman Nemanja Djurisic came off the bench and sparked the Bulldogs in the second half with 12 of his 14 points on the night. Fellow freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped in 14 also. The Bulldogs were led by Donte' Williams with 17 points and Gerald Robinson with 15 points.

Georgia struggled from the field in the first half, making only three of their first 18 shots. The Bulldogs would find their shooting touch and finish the game shooting 40 percent from the field. 

Georgia is an average team looking to play with the big boys. The true test for the Bulldogs will come next week when they play California in the semifinals of the Progressive Classic. That game will let us all know if they have what it takes to contend this season and possibly make the NCAA Tournament. If they lose badly, look for a NIT selection come March.