Georgia basketball depth delivers, rains 3-pointers, topples Hampton 73-54

Georgia center Braelen Bridges (23) during Georgia’s game against Hampton University at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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ATHENS – Georgia basketball showed its depth as it dominated Hampton 73-54 without two of its top starters.

Braelen Bridges and Jailyn Ingram highlighted the Bulldogs (6-2) that stepped up in the absence of Kario Oquendo (lower body contusion) and Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (ankle) on Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs shot 10-of-20 from 3-point range and outrebounded Hampton 44-35.

Though White isn’t ready to commit his team’s identity to 3-point shooting, he believes Hampton won’t be the last team Georgia will need to beat from beyond the arc.

“We’re not a great 3-point shooting team,” White said. “I think it’ll change from game to game, as well, depending on our opponent.”

The Pirates began staging a comeback around the 8:52 mark of the first half when it cut UGA’s lead to 22-15. Three straight free throws from Terry Roberts at the 7:34 mark broke a three-minute scoring drought and got Georgia back on track.

The Bulldogs finished the half on a 19-11 run.

Ingram tallied his first 11 points of the 2022 campaign in the first 20 minutes, sinking 4 of his 5 3-point attempts. The sixth year, who saw his first action on Monday since tearing his ACL on Dec. 7, 2021, finished with 14 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal.

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