Tough night in Georgia for Tigers
Missouri falls to Bulldogs
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. — Charles Mann scored 19 points, Marcus Thornton added 15 and Georgia won its second straight game with a 71-56 victory against Missouri on Tuesday night.
“That was a really, a hard fought game,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “Missouri has a really good basketball team. They have such a good team that our team had a great respect for them so we were very ready to play.
“We defended very, very well. We didn’t rebound like we had hoped, but our defense was good. And I thought offensively, we shot the ball pretty well and played a pretty complete game.”
The Bulldogs (16-11, 10-5 Southeastern Conference) have won six of seven.
Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson each finished with 17 points for Missouri (19-9, 7-8 SEC), but the duo combined to go 9-of-29 from the floor. Johnathan Williams III added 10 points, while Ryan Rosburg pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Tigers, coming off Saturday’s dispirited loss at Alabama, might have hurt their chance of making a sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia, which went just 6-6 in nonconference play, began the SEC schedule by snapping Missouri’s 26-game home winning streak Jan. 8, is alone in third place in the SEC behind No. 1 Florida and No. 17 Kentucky.
Missouri dropped into a tie for 10th place with Vanderbilt.
The Tigers’ last lead came on Brown’s layup midway through the first half. That put the Tigers ahead 16-15 with 9:14 to go before halftime. Missouri was outscored 16-6 over the final nine minutes, as Georgia took a 31-22 advantage into halftime.
Mann opened up the second half with a straightaway 3, and Juwan Parker’s three-point play a couple of minutes later gave Georgia its first double-digit lead at 37-26.
Despite outrebounding the Bulldogs, Missouri struggled in nearly every other facet of the game, missing 15 of its first 16 attempts beyond the arc, getting outscored 38-18 in the paint and 11-2 on fast breaks.
Georgia’s Kenny Gaines, coming off career-high 27 points at South Carolina, finished with 10 points.
The Tigers dropped to 2-6 in SEC road games. They finished 2-7 on the road in their first SEC season last year.
Missouri’s defense has really struggled in the last two games. Georgia, which began the night with the SEC’s worst field-goal shooting percentage in league games, shot 52.1 percent from the field. Missouri finished just 17-of-53 from the field, good for 32.1 percent. The Tigers went 3-of-18 from 3-point range.
The Tigers let Alabama shoot 54.7 percent last weekend — the Crimson Tide’s highest percentage against a Division I team in five years.
Missouri returns home for a 12:30 p.m. contest against Mississippi State at Mizzou Arena.
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