Georgia freshman Kyeron Lindsay records double-double in 77-70 win over Miami of Ohio

Georgia guard Jusaun Holt (4) during Georgia’s game against Miami University at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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ATHENS – Georgia freshman Kyeron Lindsay recorded a double-double in only his third career start, sparking an explosive start that led to Georgia improving to 2-0 at home.

The Bulldog’s 10-0 run from the opening tip set an early tone that Coach Mike White wants to see more of.

“Especially the first 10 to 12 minutes of the game,” White said after his team improved to 2-1 with the win. “I thought we were playing pretty good basketball.”

Georgia led by as many as 15 points in the second half before Miami of Ohio (1-2) fought back, chipping the lead down to 2 points with 11:58 left, and it was still within 3 points with 26 seconds remaining before UGA sank 5 of 6 free throws the final 24 seconds to secure the win.

“I thought we played emotional,” White said. “We just made some erratic offensive plays, some erratic defensive decisions. Even when we were playing really hard defensively, we had some communication miscues.”

The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Mid-American Conference foe 42-27 despite missing starting forward Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, who remained sidelined with the ankle injury he suffered in the home-opening win over Western Carolina the previous Monday.

Terry Roberts, a transfer from Bradley, led the Georgia offense with 22 points, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds while Lindsay added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“We’ve got two or three guys that just play with contagious energy in practice every day,” White said. “[Lindsay] has become one of those guys here in games very early in his career.”

Lindsay is the first Georgia freshman to record a double-double within his first three games since Jeremy Jacob in 2007.

The Bulldogs jumped to the 10-0 start thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Mardrez McBride and Terry Roberts. Roberts also connected with the towering Frank Ansalem for an alley-oop to end the run.

Miami did not score until 16:40 mark of the first half, but once the Red Hawks got going the game heated up.

Mekhi Lairy kept Miami in the game through the final buzzer. The 5-foot-8 shifty point guard gave Georgia problems all night, scoring 34 points with 5 rebounds.

Georgia preseason All-SEC pick Kario Oquendo scored just 9 points on 2-of-8 shooting but contributed with 5 rebounds in his 18 minutes on the floor.

UGA returns to action when it plays host to Bucknell at 7 p.m. on Friday leading into its trip to the “Sunshine Slam” four-team tourney in Daytona Beach, Fla., next week.

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