Before a light crowd at Stegeman Coliseum last night, Georgia's basketball team got their second set of opponent's sweat on them. A dominant 94-38 victory over D-2 Fort Valley St (from, of course, Fort Valley in Peach County) saw the full rotation of players score and get at least double digit minutes on the floor.
Yante Maten led the way with 19 points in 20 minutes, dropping a nice 3, snagging 6 rebounds, along with 2 assists, a block, and a steal. He looked every bit the do-it-all big man we saw take over the game against Belmont in the NIT last March. Senior and preseason first team All-SEC PG JJ Frazier chipped in 3 deep balls and 4 assists, and freshman G Tyree Crump was the only other double figure scorer, getting 14 in 13 minutes, thanks in part to a 4-7 night from beyond the three-point line.
Junior Juwan Parker got his first action in over a year after redshirting from an achilles' injury, and looked close to fully recovered. Newcomers Jordan Harris and JUCO transfer Pape Diatta also got their introductions, with Harris going 3-3 with a deep ball for a 7 point performance and Diatta finishing 2-4 with 5 points and 4 rebounds.
The scoreline and stats should be tempered by the fact that the opponent will be a far cry from what we see on a week from tonight in Clemson when the regular season tips off, but the night was promising. The trio of additions had a good night, and the sophomores all looked ready to take on larger roles as their improved comfort level with Mark Fox's system and defensive demands allows their athleticism to make an impact.
We'll bring you a deeper preview of the season next week, but this team looks capable of going 12 deep and ready to push the tempo at a faster pace than we've seen so far in seven previous seasons under Fox.