ATHENS, Ga. — Donte’ Williams watched a lot last year as a veteran frontcourt led by Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie ate up most of the minutes.
Now, as a sophomore elder statesman for Georgia, Williams must set the pace.
Williams scored 17 points and blocked four shots to lead Georgia (3-0) to a 72-61 win over South Dakota State on Wednesday night.
“All last year was a learning experience,” said Williams. “I have been preparing myself for this year. I think I should be ready for the challenge. I worked hard in the off-season.”
South Dakota State (1-2) led by seven points in each half and was tied as late as 14:09 to play. But freshman Nemanja Djurisic scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled away late.
LONG BEACH STATE 86, NO. 9 PITTSBURGH 76
In Pittsburgh, Casper Ware scored a career-high 28 points and Long Beach State (2-0) ran away from Pittsburgh (2-1).
NO. 14 WISCONSIN 68, COLGATE 41
In Madison, Wis., reserve Ben Brust scored a career-high 17 points to lead Wisconsin (2-0) over Colgate.
NO. 25 FLORIDA STATE 79, STETSON 66
In Tallahassee, Fla., Okaro White scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, leading Florida State (3-0) over Stetson.
CLEMSON 73, THE CITADEL 50
In Charleston, S.C., Devin Booker scored 14 points and Tanner Smith added 11 as Clemson (2-0) defeated The Citadel (1-2) for its 14th consecutive victory over the military college.
WAKE FOREST 81, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 73
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Travis McKie matched a career high with 23 points to lead Wake Forest (2-0) past mistake-prone Georgia Southern.
Jelani Hewitt finished with 18 points for Georgia Southern (0-2).