The Georgia Bulldogs, who at one point held a 35-20 advantage with 12:10 left in the game, were in a world of trouble in Manhattan as they trailed Kansas State 46-44 with just 1:24 remaining. After seeing his team’s 15-point lead completely evaporate, Neme Djurisic coolly stepped up and buried a three-pointer to put the Dawgs up by one with 1:13 left in the contest.
The Dawgs kept the Wildcats from scoring on the next two possessions, closing out the game on a pair of Charles Mann free throws to give Coach Mark Fox’s team the 50-46 road win.
In a game in which both teams shot under 40% from the floor, struggling to put the ball in the basket, Georgia squeaked out a pivotal win away from Athens to boost their record to 8-3 on the year. Even more importantly, UGA avoided a loss against a KSU team that entered tonight’s contest with a dismal RPI of 168.
The Dawgs were led offensively by Charles Mann and Marcus Thornton, who finished with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
The Wildcats leading scorer, Marcus Foster, left the game with an injury, connecting on just one field goal for a total of 2 points.
Georgia was in control for much of the game before relinquishing the lead on a three-pointer by Nigel Johnson that gave KSU a 42-41 advantage with 4:32 left.
While this victory was certainly anything but pretty, Mark Fox’s team found a way to win in a game that could have potentially derailed UGA’s postseason chances. After suffering early losses to Georgia Tech and Minnesota, Georgia has now put itself in a position in which a slightly above .500 SEC season could land them in this year’s NCAA Tournament.