ATHENS, Ga. - Mike Mercer collected the first double-double of his career with 21 point and 11 assists as Georgia sailed past the Jacksonville Dolphins 93-77 Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
For the second straight game Levi Stukes led the Bulldogs in scoring setting a new season-high with 27 points.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 8-1 on the season, while Jacksonville drops to 4-7.
"Overall tonight there was a lot more not good than good," said head coach Dennis Felton. "We didn't play with our usual character with the effort and purpose we have had."
The Bulldogs came out of the gates a bit sluggish committing five turnovers and hitting just 3-of-9 from the floor in the first five minutes. Jacksonville's Jesse Kimbrough connected on a baseline jumper sparking a 12-2 run for the Dolphins. Their largest lead came for the final time at 9:25 when Derek Duggins' long two from the right baseline put Jacksonville up 12 at 28-16.
Georgia battled back going on a 31-7 scoring tear over the final minutes of the first. Takais Brown capped the run by finishing the fast break with four seconds left to put the Bulldogs up 48-35 at the half.
With just over 10 seconds off the clock, Stukes buried a three to continue Georgia's scoring run. Its largest lead of the game came four minutes later off a Brown lay up giving the Bulldogs a 24-point edge at 63-39.
On the following possession Tyrone Curnell hit a two-pointer igniting a 9-0 run for the Dolphins. Jacksonville came to within nine points but would not get any closer for the duration of the contest.
Terrance Woodbury finished the game with 15 points shooting 6-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.