Georgia Bulldog freshman J.J. Frazier scored a career high 8 points on Thursday night against LSU, all of them coming in the game’s second half.
Georgia’s Charles Mann hit the deck extremely hard after getting his shot blocked on a dunk attempt with 9:54 left in the game and his team up 61-53. After writhing on the floor in agony for a few minutes, Mann had to leave the game with what appeared to be bruised ribs.
Frazier stepped in and buried a long three-pointer with only a few seconds left on the shot clock, giving the Dawgs a double-digit 64-53 advantage.
A little over a minute later, the freshman hit another shot from beyond the arc, which pushed the UGA lead to 70-59 with only 8:08 remaining.
LSU failed to cut the lead down to anything closer than 6 points, and Georgia coasted to a 91-78 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Dawgs’ backcourt did an excellent job of getting LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III into foul trouble early in this contest. O’Bryant, who leads the Tigers in scoring at nearly 16 points a night, spent a majority of the evening on the bench before fouling out with two minutes remaining – he left the game with 9 points.
Georgia was led offensively by Nemanja Djurisic’s 17 points to go along with 6 boards. Neme, who entered the game 9th in the nation in three-point percentage at 51%, hit 2 of his 3 attempts from the perimeter.
Marcus Thornton notched his second double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
After a solid first half, it appeared that UGA might blow LSU out as they went into the half with a 43-30 advantage. However, the Tigers managed to hang around with the help of a number of timely three-pointers from senior Andre Stringer. Stringer scored a team-high 19 points on a 4 of 6 shooting performance from downtown.
Every time Georgia seemed poised to pull away from LSU in the second half the Tigers would knock down a clutch three-pointer. LSU made nearly 41% of its three-point shots, and they got as close as 48-45 after Jarrell Martin’s three with 15:08 left in the game.
UGA responded immediately with a Charles Mann layup and an old-fashioned three-point play from Brandon Morris, bolstering the Georgia lead back up to 53-45 with 13:53 left in the second half.
LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones must not have gotten the memo mentioning Georgia’s recent struggles against the 2-3 zone because the Tigers didn’t show that defensive look once all night. For the most part, LSU interchanged some soft match-up zones with man-to-man, and the UGA offense totally carved them up – the Dawgs shot a robust 60% from the floor and nearly 56% from beyond the arc.
Tonight’s win puts Georgia’s conference record at 5-4 with another home game against Texas A&M this Saturday on the horizon.
The Aggies recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a 72-52 win over Missy State on Wednesday.
If Georgia were to hold serve at home this weekend, they could find themselves on the inside track for the fourth best record in the Southeastern Conference.