This would have been a terrible loss for Mike White and the Georgia Bulldogs, but they pulled it out over LSU 65-63.
The first half of this game was one of the most frustrating halves of the season for this UGA team, being down to the Tigers 28-26. LSU made 10-28 shots to go 35% from the field, while UGA was only shooting 29% on 8-27 shooting. Georgia played a very sloppy first half turning the ball over 7 times and shooting multiple three pointers that missed the entire goal. They only made 4 of the 13 they put up from behind the arc, with LSU only making 4 as well. LSU outrebounded UGA 23 to 15, with 4 of those being offensive rebounds. The Tigers had 10 turnovers in the first half, but Georgia could only get 7 points off of them.
Georgia started the second half hot and gained a lead over the visiting Tigers. After that, the LSU and UGA offenses traded shot for shot until KJ Williams made a bucket to put the Tigers up 63-62 with 11 seconds to play. Georgia's Justin Hill then drove the floor and put a wild, heavily contested layup that somehow found the back of the net to give the Dawgs the lead with 4.4 to go. That shot gave Georgia a win over a struggling LSU team that had lost their last 12 games. The Bulldogs finished the night making 22-50 shots for a 44% field goal percentage to LSU's 38% on 20-52 shooting. Both teams struggled from three point land, with LSU shooting 30% (7-23) to Georgia's 28% (6-21). Georgia has been an excellent free throw shooting team this season, but tonight they struggled, only going 57% (15-27) from the charity stripe. Georgia missed multiple free throws down the stretch that almost cost UGA the win. The Tigers finished with a plus 9 advantage on the boards, grabbing 37 to UGA's 28. However, LSU did turn the ball over 19 times to the Bulldogs 13.
Brealen Bridges, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, and Justin Hill all finished in double figures for Mike White's team. Bridges continues to dominate in the paint, scoring 13 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. Justin Hill continues to start even with Terry Roberts back from injury, and he scored 10 points. Abdur-Rahim finished with 11 points, with 3 of his made baskets coming from the three ball. Georgia star Kario Oquendo did leave the game in the first half with an apparent knee injury but did return in the second half.
Matt McMahon's team finished having only one player finish with double-digit points in forward KJ Williams. He played 37 minutes, had 18 points on 7-13 shooting, and was one rebound away from a double-double with 9. LSU has now lost its last 13 games and is ranked last in the SEC standings.
Georgia only won 6 games last year, and they have already won 6 SEC conference games this year. Also, with this win, Mike White has guaranteed himself a winning record in his first season as the UGA head basketball coach. The Dawgs are on a 2 game win streak and have improved to 16-10 on the year and 6-7 in league play. This program's future is in good hands, with Mike White leading the charge.
Georgia will have to beat the #1 team in the country in Alabama if they want to continue their winning streak. Tip off in Tuscaloosa is set for Saturday at 6:00 PM EST on SEC Network.
Edited by Will Morrison