ATHENS, Ga. – Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and claimed 12 rebounds, both season highs, to lead Georgia to a 74-61 victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday.
Georgia (3-1) held a comfortable 10-point lead with 7 minutes to play, but over the next 3 minutes Thornton scored seven of the Bulldogs' 11 points, capitalizing on foul trouble by Florida Atlantic's inside defenders. Both C.J. Turman of nearby Madison, Georgia, and Kelvin Penn fouled out.
Georgia's biggest lead came at 68-50 with 3:22 to play after Charles Mann hit two free throws. Florida Atlantic (1-3) got within 11 late, but never closer.
The Bulldogs also got 15 points from Kenny Gaines and 10 rebounds from Nemanja Djurisic.
Marquan Botley led Florida Atlantic (1-3) with a season-high 20 points. Jackson Trapp equaled his season high with 15 points. Penn and Justin Massey scored 11 apiece.