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Georgia freshman Houts hits winner to knock off LSU

ATHENS - Georgia freshman Ashley Houts sank the winning baseline shot at the buzzer, lifting No. 14 Georgia to a come-from-behind 53-51 victory over No. 7 LSU on Thursday night.

Georgia led by seven with less than three minutes left, but LSU charged back to tie the game on a basket by Sylvia Fowles with seven seconds remaining.

Houts then drove the length of the floor to hit the winning shot.

Officials reviewed the play to verify Houts made the shot before time expired.

Quianna Chaney scored 20 points while setting a career high with five 3-pointers to lead LSU (20-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), which got 17 points and 18 rebounds from Fowles. The Bulldogs moved into a tie with LSU for second place in the SEC.

Tasha Humphrey scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Georgia (19-4, 6-2) in the defensive struggle. Georgia shot 30.5 percent from the field and LSU shot 31.5 percent.

Georgia trailed most of the game before Angel Robinson, playing with four fouls, scored six straight points to cap a 12-0 second-half run and give the Bulldogs their first lead.

Georgia, which trailed by seven early in the second half, took its first lead at 41-40 with 8:27 left on Humphrey's first 3-pointer of the game. The Bulldogs gained momentum with Humphrey and the 6-foot-5 Robinson in the lineup together, and coach Andy Landers stuck with the plan even after Robinson was called for her fourth foul with 6:12 left.

Robinson answered the vote of confidence with three straight inside baskets for a 47-40 lead, completing the 12-0 run.

Robinson, who scored 12 points, fouled out with 2:04 left and Georgia leading 49-42. Chaney cut the lead to 49-47 on her fifth 3-pointer with 1:27 to go, but missed a potential tying layup, and Cori Chambers made two free throws to push the lead back to four points at 51-47.

Fowles scored with 24 seconds left to cut the lead to two, and Houts missed a free throw with 22 seconds left.

Chaney had three 3s in the first 10 minutes as the Tigers adjusted to Georgia's double-team defense on Fowles.

Fowles was 1-for-6 from the field in the first half, but LSU led 26-21 on the strength of Chaney's 14 points.

LSU frustrated Georgia with a tight man defense. Erica White set the tone with her smothering defense on Houts, who had no assists in the first half and three for the game. Houts scored six points.