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Nearly 4,000 students from local elementary schools were invited to Stegeman Coliseum.
The Georgia Bulldogs had known for quite some time that about 4,000 students from nearby elementary schools would be in attendance for their match-up with the Mercer Bears. But after the tragedy in Newtown, CT last Friday, the kids' presence at the game took on a whole new meaning for Georgia head coach Mark Fox.
Fox said after the game the kids brought more energy into the building in Georgia's 58-49 win over Mercer. He also gave a big compliment to the Bears, who have already taken down the Florida State Seminoles this year.
"We beat a really good basketball team today," Fox said after the win. "They’ll be a team that has a chance to win their league and have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. They’re very complete and very well-coached. So when you beat a good team you feel good about it."
Fox thanked Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman for agreeing to move the game's start time up to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the students.