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Abdur-Rahim’s Career Night Lifts Georgia Over Mount St. Mary’s, 94-82



ATHENS, Ga. – Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures, led by Jabri Abdur-Rahim’s career-high of 23, as the team scored the most points of the Mike White era and defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 94-82, before 6,045 spectators inside Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday evening. 

 

Abdur-Rahim’s 23 points were the second-most scored by a Bulldog (8-3) this season, as he also added personal bests in made free throws (10) and steals (3). RJ Melendez tied his career-high in points with 18 and added six rebounds and four assists. Noah Thomasson contributed 17 points, which marks the fifth time this season he has scored at least 15, while Blue Cain reached double-digit scoring for the fourth time in his career with 10. Georgia’s 49 second half points against Mount St. Mary’s (4-7) were the most the team has scored in a half this season.  

 

After a slow offensive start from the team, Abdur-Rahim helped create separation on the scoreboard towards the end of the opening half by making a pair of 3-pointers and five free throws to score 11-straight points for the Bulldogs. After taking a 23-20 lead with just over seven minutes to go in the first half, Georgia held on to the lead for the remainder of the contest. Abdur-Rahim tied his career-high in scoring in the first half alone with 21 points, giving Georgia a 43-32 lead over Mount St. Mary’s headed into the locker room. The Bulldogs offense began to come into form during the second half, led by Melendez’s 16 points over the final 20. Georgia led by as many as 15 in the final frame, scoring the program’s most points in a game since defeating Jacksonville, 98-65, on Dec. 4, 2020.

 

Georgia will return to action on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. ET against North Florida. The game, which will mark the team’s fifth of a six-game homestand, will be streamed on the SEC Network+. This will be the first all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and Ospreys.

 

Five Fast Facts

• Jabri Abdur-Rahim tied his career high in points (21), made free throws (10) and steals (3) in the first half alone, as he finished with a personal best 23 points. 

• Georgia’s win over Mount St. Mary’s, the first meeting between the programs in history, extends Coach White’s longest winning streak leading the Bulldogs to six games. Coach White is now 20-4 at home inside Stegeman Coliseum. 

• For the 10th time in 11 games this season and the 33rd time under Coach White, Georgia outscored its opponent in bench points, 43-27.

• RJ Melendez finished with 18 points in the contest, marking the fifth time in the last seven games he’s reached double figures in scoring.

• Georgia’s 94 points is the program’s most in a game since the team’s 98-65 win over Jacksonville in 2020. The Bulldogs scored 49 in the second half, the most its scored in a half this season, and 45 in the first, the third most in a half so far this season. 

 

Key Quote

Head Coach Mike White: "Good win for us. Mount St. Mary's is playing really good basketball. They've won two in a row on the road, of course, and then three games ago they kept it very respectable at Ole Miss - who is really good obviously. They haven't lost. Played well, adjusted well. They were terrific offensively and really defending better as of late. I think they are going to have a really good season, and we were very fortunate because we could not collect a bunch of stops in this one."

 

Keep up with all the latest news and information on the Bulldogs by following UGA Men's Basketball on social media on Facebook, Instagram and X @UGABasketball, and the web at GeorgiaDogs.com.

 

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