ATHENS, Ga. -- Nemanja Djurisic shook a recent scoring slump with a career-high 22 points, and Georgia beat South Carolina 97-76 on Wednesday night, leaving the Gamecocks with their worst SEC start in 15 years.
Kenny Gaines had 14 points, Brandon Morris had 13 and Marcus Thornton had 12 for Georgia (10-7, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). The Bulldogs have their best start in the league since the 2002-03 season, when they also were 4-1.
South Carolina (7-11, 0-5 SEC) has lost its first five conference games for the first time since a 0-6 start in the 1998-99 season. The Gamecocks are 0-6 on the road.
Djurisic sank back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 11-0 run as Georgia pulled away early in the second half. Djurisic, a junior forward, snapped a slump after managing a combined 11 points in his last three games.
Georgia, last in the league with its average of 63 points in SEC games, set a season scoring high for all games. The Bulldogs made 10 of 18 3-pointers. Djurisic made each of his three 3-pointers.
Djurisic scored nine of Georgia's first 11 points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs a 9-6 lead they wouldn't lose.
Georgia made six 3-pointers and 17 of 22 free throws in the half. Georgia pushed its lead to double figures for the first time at 25-13 on Juwan Parker's 3-pointer with 11:17 remaining and took a big lead of 15 points at 43-28 on Kenny Gaines' 3-pointer. The Bulldogs led 45-35 at halftime.
Georgia led by 11 before pulling away with the 11-0 run that left the lead at 64-42. Donte Williams started the run with a jumper.
South Carolina cut the lead to 15 points at 75-60 on a basket by Thornwell but Georgia quickly pushed the advantage back to 20 points.
The Gamecocks' last lead was 6-4.
There were a combined 59 fouls called, including 33 on South Carolina.