Georgia vs. Missouri
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Stegman Coliseum, Athens
On TV, radio: Fox Sports Net (Charter channel 35); 99.3-FM
ATHENS — Minutes have been hard to come by for Georgia sophomore Troy Brewer, but he made the most of a career-high 30 minutes against Kennesaw State on Wednesday.
Brewer came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 72-52 win over their in-state foe.
"Troy played terrific," said Georgia coach Dennis Felton. "I am thrilled for him and also proud of him because his opportunities have been a little limited this year, but he has maintained an incredible attitude about plugging away.
"When he has been called on he has been ready to step up and play well. He was a major, major part of this win today."
Three post players scored in double figures for Georgia (9-4). Trey Thompkins scored 14, Jeremy Price added 13 and Albert Jackson had 12. Jackson added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
"I think my role is to be a rebounder and a shot blocker," Jackson said, "and when I get in the paint to finish strong. I am not the guy who is going to make a lot of moves, but coach expects me to post deep, seal deep and turn and score."
"We believe he can be a fierce rebounder," Felton said, "and we want him to be a good finisher inside."
Spencer Dixon scored 16 points to lead Kennesaw State (5-6), which lost its fourth straight game.
The Owls were 9-for-36 in the first half as Georgia took a 34-22 halftime lead. Brewer hit a pair of 3s en route to nine points by intermission.
Georgia led 40-24 early in the second half, but the Owls crept back into the game, led by Dixon, who scored 13 points in under four minutes. Kennesaw State pulled within 55-46 with 9:05 left, but a steal and a layup by Dustin Ware and a 3-pointer by Thompkins ended any upset momentum.
"Georgia really set the pace for the game today," said Kennesaw State coach Tony Ingle. "They came out shooting lights out. They were hitting 3s and darts and played with confidence. It's a different kind of game when you have to come from behind."
Ware started and played 38 minutes in place of Zac Swansey, who sat rather than pull out stitches in the bend of his knee. Ware scored 10 points and dished out six assists, but he also made five turnovers.
"It has to be a lonely feeling for a freshman guard out there when he realizes he has nobody to take the heat off," Felton said. "He defended some good, quick guards. Yes, he had five turnovers and we do not want him to have that many, but it may not be so bad when you talk about him playing the whole game."
For the fourth straight game, forward Terrance Woodbury rested a sore ankle.