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Georgia earns 59-52 win over Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points to lead Georgia to a 59-52 win over slumping Texas A&M on Saturday in the first-ever meeting between these new Southeastern Conference foes.

Sherrard Brantley had two 3-pointers during a 16-2 run by the Bulldogs to start the second half, giving Georgia its biggest lead.

The Bulldogs had to fight off a late rally by Texas A&M for the victory. The Aggies cut it to three points with a minute left on a lay-up by Kourtney Roberson, but the Bulldogs scored the last four points of the game to secure the win.

Georgia (8-11, 2-4 SEC) got back on track after a loss to No. 8 Florida. The Aggies extended their losing streak to a season-long four games.

Elston Turner's 19 points led Texas A&M (12-7, 2-4).

The Bulldogs were up by 15 after a tip-in by Caldwell-Pope with just under nine minutes remaining. The Aggies used an 8-0 spurt, fueled by five points from Fabyon Harris and helped by stifling man-to-man defense, to cut the lead to 50-43 about three minutes later.

Georgia broke a more than 3 minute scoring drought with a basket before Texas A&M added five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer from Harris to make it 52-48 with four minutes to play.

Caldwell-Pope made 3-pointer before the Aggies added four points to make it 55-52 with about a minute left.

Caldwell-Pope, who has led the Bulldogs in scoring in 17 of their 19 games, was their only player in double figures. He also led the team with nine rebounds and had two steals and a block.

Harris added 13 for Texas A&M, and he and Turner both had three 3-pointers.

Roberson got Texas A&M within a basket with a steal and dunk to start the second half, but Georgia scored eight straight points after that, highlighted by 3-pointers from Vincent Williams and Brantley to extend the lead to 35-25.

Andrew Young then made two free throws for the Aggies. The Bulldogs' hot 3-point shooting continued after that with Caldwell-Pope and Brantley making consecutive threes before a layup by Caldwell-Pope pushed the advantage to 43-27 five minutes into the half.

Saturday was just the fifth time Georgia had ever played in College Station. It was their first trip to the state of Texas since facing the Longhorns in 1998.

The Bulldogs were up by two points with about 6 minutes left in the first half before using an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 27-17. Caldwell-Pope had a 3-pointer in that span, and Charles Mann capped it with a pair of free throws.

Texas A&M responded by scoring six straight points, ending with a steal and dunk by Alex Caruso to cut the lead to 27-23 at halftime.