Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards and junior Rayshaun Hammonds got the Bulldogs back to their winning ways in Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Edwards and Hammonds combined to score 40 points with 15 field goals to lead Georgia (6-2) to a 95-59 victory against NC Central (2-7).
Senior Tyree Crump was terrific too, posting a season-high 16 points. This was the first time Crump reached double figures in scoring since UGA’s previous home game, a victory against Georgia Tech two weeks ago on Nov. 20.
Edwards and Hammonds combined for 29 of their 40 points in the first half to spot Georgia a 15-point halftime lead.
The Bulldogs started the second half on a 13-2 run that essentially put the game out of reach.
While Georgia shot more than 52 percent in the victory, the Bulldogs defense was terrific too, especially after halftime.
NC Central went 1-for-10 to begin the second half and then after snapping out of that cold spell, the Bulldogs held the Eagles off the scoreboard for more than six and a half minutes later in the second half.
Georgia’s top three scorers — Edwards, Hammonds and Crump — combined to record a 53.8 shooting percentage, including 9 of 21 from the 3-point line. Edwards and Crump each hit four 3-pointers.
Edwards led Georgia with 21 points and four assists. He posted those numbers despite playing very little during the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Crump came into the night shooting just 30.4 percent from behind the arc, but he went 4-for-10 at the 3-point line Wednesday. Crump continuing to knock down 3-pointers will be a key factor for Georgia moving forward.
Hammonds finished with 19 points while freshman forward Christian Brown came off the bench to register 11 points. This was the third time this season Georgia had at least four players reach double-figures in scoring.
The Bulldogs had a tremendous advantage on the glass as well, as they more than doubled the Eagles in rebounds, 54-25. On the offensive glass alone, Georgia grabbed 22 rebounds.
Hammonds led the Bulldogs with a game-high nine rebounds. Brown and senior guard Donnell Gresham Jr. each had eight boards. All 11 Georgia players who received at least one minute of playing time recorded a rebound.
If there’s one thing the Bulldogs can take away as something to still work on after this blowout victory, it will be taking care of the ball. Georgia posted 19 assists but also 16 turnovers. The Bulldogs came into the night averaging 14.4 turnovers per game.
That was the only blemish to Georgia’s performance on the court, but before the game, coach Tom Crean suspended Ngumezi indefinitely for “lack of personal awareness and attitude expected of a Georgia Bulldog basketball player.”
Prior to the game coach Tom Crean announced the suspension of Amanze Ngumezi.
Crean had suspended Jordan Harris right before Georgia hosted Western Carolina in the season opener for violating undisclosed team rules.
Harris has yet to play this season, but he is expected to return from his nine-game suspension on Dec. 20 against SMU.
NC Central was also missing a starter Wednesday. Eagles second-leading scorer Randy Miller didn’t play because of a foot injury. In his absence, NC Central’s top scorer Jibri Blount posted 19 points and guard C.J. Keyser added 16 points off the bench, but the rest of the Eagles lineup combined to shoot just 27.8 percent.
Georgia will have 10 days off before visiting Arizona State in its next game on Dec. 14. The Sun Devils are 5-2 and will play twice before next Saturday’s showdown.