Georgia edges out Kansas State a 50-46 victory

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.

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8 thoughts on “Georgia edges out Kansas State a 50-46 victory

  1. It was very,very brutal but the dogs pulled it out at the end! Charles Mann stepped to the line and calmly sank 2 free throws to seal the victory! The 1st half was a rim rattling , backboard jacking, The game was as entertaining as a crew of drunken sailors trying to throw a keg of nails through the hoop! In the end the dogs played good defense and came away with a road win that will mean something that will help come tournament time! Congratulations dogs!!!!!

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  2. This team can’t take any opponent for granted. Norfolk State got their doors blown off by Baylor in the 2nd half, but it was only a 5 point game at half. They are more than capable of at least hanging with us. Take care of that one and then beat Arkansas to open the conference schedule at home and we are in business. As you say, a slightly above .500 conference record should get us in to the NCAA tourney considering our current RPI.

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  3. Oh man (or should I say Mann) that was ugly today. This is a game that last year’s less experienced team would have lost at this point in the season. It is really good to see Neme playing like a senior (most of the time). My man Marcus is a tough dude too–one who would probably be an all-SEC pick if he only had a little more touch around the basket. Nevertheless, today’s game (and the second half near-collapse) was hard for this old fan to watch.

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  4. Just get out alive. That was the goal and it was accomplished. I’m confident that Kansas State will end up with an upset or two in conference play that will have the selection crew saying “…and UGA beat a Kansas State team on the road who upset ______”.

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  5. Far from a pretty game but a win against a power-conference team on the road will pay dividends down the line if we can take care of business in the conference. Nice recovery after blowing the lead. Go Dawgs!

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