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Georgia defeats Wofford 62-49 in tough opener

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points, Dustin Ware added 14 and Georgia held off Wofford for a 62-49 victory in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.

Caldwell-Pope, the Bulldogs' first McDonald's All-American signee since 1992, was scoreless in the second half until he hit a pair of free throws in the final minute.

Brad Loesing scored 13 points and Kevin Giltner had 12 for Wofford, which was outscored 22-14 in the paint.

Ware, one of two starters from the 2010-11 squad that earned Georgia's first NCAA tournament bid in three years, was the only Bulldog remaining from the team two years ago that lost to Wofford in its second game under coach Mark Fox.

Ware's 3-pointer with 1:51 remaining gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Brad Loesing scored 13 points and Kevin Giltner had 12 for Wofford, which was outscored 22-14 in the paint.

Both teams struggled offensively with the Terriers shooting 35 percent and Georgia 34.

Gerald Robinson, the Bulldogs' leading returning scorer, was just 2 of 12 from the field. He scored six of his 11 points on free throws.

Ware, one of two starters from the 2010-11 squad that earned Georgia's first NCAA tournament bid in three years, was the only Bulldog remaining from the team two years ago that lost to Wofford in its second game under Fox.

Ware's 3-pointer with 1:51 remaining gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

The Terriers pulled within three when Loesing hit a 19-footer on a fastbreak, making it 33-30 with 14:12 remaining.

Caldwell-Pope, who started at forward, was 5 of 11 in the first half, but took only one shot in the final 20 minutes.

Wofford lost four starters from last season's team, the first in school history to win consecutive Southern Conference titles and earn two straight NCAA tournament berths.

Georgia forward Donte' Williams pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs' bench players outscored Wofford's 17-7. Nemanja Djurisic finished with eight points and rebounds in 13 minutes.

Georgia's next game is Sunday at home against Bowling Green. Wofford will host Emory and Henry on Sunday.

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