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Mitchell leads LSU over UGA

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Spencer's off-balance jumper with 19 seconds left helped LSU close out its regular season with only its second Southeastern Conference victory of the season, 50-48 over Georgia on Saturday.

Tasmin Mitchell scored 20 points and Spencer finished with 10 for LSU (11-19, 2-14), which won despite shooting only 31 percent (18-for-58) and being outrebounded 39-34.

Wesleyan grad Trey Thompkins scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Georgia (13-16, 5-11), which had a chance to tie in the final seconds. Jeremy Price's turnaround jumper from the top of the key rattled out in the final seconds. Thompkins hustled inside for an offensive rebound and appeared to attempt a putback as time ran out, but it rattled out as well, allowing the Tigers to hold on.

Georgia, which has not won a league road game all season, shot only marginally better than LSU. The Bulldogs hit 36.5 percent (19 of 52) from the field. Travis Leslie, who came in averaging 14.1 points, managed only seven against the Tigers and was still the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer in the game.

The game was tight throughout the second half, with no team leading by more than six. The Bulldogs were up 30-24 on Parkview grad Ricky McPhee's 3 and did not trail until LSU's Dennis Harris hit a jumper to put the Tigers ahead 37-35 with 9:41 left.

The lead changed hands several more times down the stretch, with LSU going up 48-46 after Mitchell grabbed a long rebound and hit a short turnaround fade.

Leslie's putback tied the game again at 48 with 1:20 to go, and Georgia had a chance to take the lead after Spencer's ill-advised jumper from several feet behind the 3-point line missed.

However, Georgia's Dustin Ware turned the ball over and Spencer then hit his winning shot, pulling up off of a quick dribble to the left of the foul line.