Georgia takes control of 3rd place in the SEC with win over Ole Miss

Charles Mann was not named to either of the preseason All-SEC teams, but something tells me he may be listed on one of them when the season ends.

With the game knotted up at 60-60 and just 1.5 seconds left on the clock, Mann put his team and Stegeman Coliseum on his back as he stepped to the free throw line after drawing a foul on Mississippi’s Dwight Coleby.

Charles missed the first, giving the Rebels a glimmer of hope that the game might extend to overtime.

Mann made the second shot though and UGA secured the 61-60 victory after a desperation pass by Ole Miss sailed out of bounds.

Charles Mann attacked the basket relentlessly on Saturday, netting 12 of his 17 points from the free throw line. In addition to the scoring, he also grabbed 8 rebounds to go along with 4 assists.

Marshall Henderson may have owned the first half, but Kenny Gaines ruled the second.

Gaines took over at a point in the game when Georgia was struggling to find offense against the Rebel’s zone. The sophomore spent most of the first half on the bench dealing with two fouls, and he only managed 2 points going into the intermission.

After the break though, Gaines lit up Stegeman, connecting on 5 three-pointers and finishing with a team-high 21 points. He tied the game twice on clutch shots from beyond the arc in the second half before sinking a monster three from the corner while being fouled – Gaines completed the four-point play and UGA had a 41-40 lead with 11:41 left in the game.

Of all of Gaines’s threes, none may have been bigger than the one he hit from the wing with only 47 seconds on the clock that put the Dawgs up 60-57.

Credit Georgia for its effort in this game – the Dawgs trailed 26-15 with only 4:18 remaining before the intermission following a three from Derrick Millinghaus. At this point in the game UGA looked lost on offense and defense, where they had already yielded 4 three-pointers to Henderson.

Georgia came back though, and the Bulldogs actually enjoyed a brief 11-point lead of their own following a pair of free throws from Charles Mann that bolstered the Georgia advantage to 53-42 with 6:01 left.

Even when that lead evaporated and Ole Miss was on top 57-55 with less than 2 minutes remaining, Georgia never stopped fighting.

UGA owned the glass today, out-rebounding the Rebels by a count of 49-34. Georgia brought down 18 offensive boards, none of which was bigger than the one Marcus Thornton snagged before kicking the ball out to Kenny Gaines for his late lead-changing three. Thornton led all UGA players with 11 rebounds to go along with his 7 points and 3 blocks.

This win gives Georgia sole possession of third place in the SEC at 8-4, and the Dawgs are now 14-10 overall.

Coach Mark Fox’s team has now won four conference games in a row as they prepare to travel to Knoxville for a showdown with Tennessee on Tuesday night.

If the SEC tournament started today, UGA would enjoy a bye all the way to the quarterfinal round of the bracket.

That seed is Georgia’s to lose at this point.

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16 thoughts on “Georgia takes control of 3rd place in the SEC with win over Ole Miss

  1. Man, I wish we had some freshmen bigs coming in next year! No, this isn’t a great team, but we have the foundation to be a very sound team for the rest of the year and especially next year. Looking ahead, losing DW will be tough but not a killer at all. Next year should be much improved over this barring any injuries/arrests just due to our core being another year older, stronger, and smarter. Anybody hear how Langura is progressing from injury? I heard he can light it up from outside. I’m worried about bigs year after next…once MT and Neme leave, will Kessler be ready to fill the inside? If not, CMF needs to get a quality big to step in and contribute as a FR…..and when’s the last time that’s happened here?

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      1. Yep…don’t know how, but he slipped my mind. It’s possible. We just need to continue winning and make darn sure we get some good/great bigs in the 15 class. Thanks again hoop for this forum…win or lose I look forward to your take and everyone’s replies.

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    1. I’ve been worried about what will happen with our inside play next year too. With that in mind, I’m surprised Fox isn’t trying to get Tim Dixon and John Cannon more involved. We’ll be relying on those guys a lot more with Donte gone.

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  2. I was impressed with the manly rebounds Donte and Marcus came down with in crunch time as it seemed Ole Miss was about to regain the lead. Everyone bowed their necks in the last 3 minutes. We are definitely playing tougher–almost looked like a Harrick team today.And Marcus just keeps getting better and better.Go Dawgs!

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  3. When we were up 11pts in the 2nd half the offense seemed to put itself in neutral and forgot how they got the lead in the 1st place! They did it by driving the ball inside and getting free throws! When we took our foot off the accelarator for a few minutes we were mired in neutral and Henderson brought them back from 11 down single handedly! Ole Miss used the little box trap more effectively than I would have thought possible against the Dawgs! Thurmond continues to improve with each and every game back! Marcus always gives 100% effort! 8-4 with 6 games to go in the SEC. If we split the remaining games it should get us the 2X bye for the tourney! It should get us some attention for the NCAA’s also! Crowd was great today! Go Dawgs!

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    1. I agree with you about the offense stalling once Georgia got up by 11 points…it seemed like they turned super conservative. I realize that they were trying to use more of the clock, but UGA was just swinging the ball around the perimeter…

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  4. Miss. St. by faint radio in the dark. Four days, no power, no water, no shower. Seven trees block the drive. Butter stays rock hard sitting out on the counter. No problem! Cut your way out, drive to Athens, and the Dawgs make all things right. Rockin’ crowd. Let’s take it to the Vols! Go Dogs!

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  5. A great win that would not have been possible with our early season team. It seems the 3 sophs have improved and made everyone better. I was nervous when Fox pulled KG in the first half under his 2 foul rule. KG has a smooth stroke that is a pleasure to watch. No question he made the win possible. BTW, Gaines ended the game with 3 fouls. We are not the same team when he is on the bench.

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    1. Kenny scored a lot of points, but he also did a very good job defensively on Henderson in the second half–a key to this win.Lots of guys played well yesterday, and they have to for this team to win fairly consistently. One thing Henderson did do is expose Juwan Parker’s defensive liabilities. But perhaps I’m not being fair here as Hendereson does that to a lot of people.

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      1. Henderson is a great shooter. Off balance, balanced, they go in or come close. Even KG had problems with him. Parker plays like a freshman-good games, bad games. But he looks like he can develop into a player that can help.

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        1. Gaines’ two blocks on Henderson were the plays of the game. Big defensive stops plus got the team and the crowd pumped. It was a lot of fun to be in a mostly full and loud Steg.

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