ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points to lead Georgia to a 64-56 win over Southern California Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Caldwell-Pope has led Georgia (4-7) in points in every game this season. Sophomore forward John Cannon also contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, both career-highs.
"That was a terrific win for our team," said head coach Mark Fox. "We scored the ball pretty efficiently against a good defensive team. That was very pleasing to me. Kentavious played a great game, and he is obviously continuing to grow up with this team. I was proud of our effort and determination especially in the second half. This is a really good win going into the holidays."
After closing the Trojan lead to just 28-27 to end the first half, the Bulldogs opened the second half on an electric 12-4 run to make the score 41-32 with 15 minutes remaining. During the run, Caldwell-Pope scored 10 of his 19 second-half points.
The Trojans chipped away and shrunk the Bulldog lead to as little as two, but a three-pointer from Caldwell-Pope and four straight points from Cannon crushed the Trojan momentum.
Georgia's defense held the Trojans without a basket and to just one rebound in the final two minutes of the game.
Southern California was led by Omar Oraby and Eric Wise who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively. For the game, the Trojans were 5-of-19 from behind the three-point arc.
Georgia improved on a 37.5 percent field goal performance in the first half (9-of-24) shooting 61.9 percent (13-of-21) in the second half.
Georgia will return to action next Saturday, Dec. 29, against Florida A&M. The game, the fourth of the Bulldogs' five-game home stand, will tip-off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on CSS.
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