Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Gwinnett Daily Post
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Charles Mann led the way with 18 as Georgia overcame a five-point overtime deficit to upset No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in the SEC opener for both teams Wednesday.
Nemanja Djurisic chipped in 16 and hit four of five 3-pointers as the Bulldogs picked up the win despite shooting 13-of-26 from the free-throw line. Kenny Gaines added 11 while Brandon Morris had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds for Georgia (7-6, 1-0).
Jabari Brown led Missouri (12-2, 0-1) with 19, while Earnest Ross poured in 15. The Tigers shot a season-low 39.3 percent for the field and saw their nation-leading 26-game home winning streak snapped in the defeat.
The Tigers opened up a 63-58 lead in the extra frame behind buckets from Ross and Brown, but seven straight from Djurisic gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish. Gaines hit two key free throws down the stretch — a contrast from the free-throw shooting that plagued the Bulldogs throughout.
A late 11-0 run sent Georgia to halftime with a 30-25 advantage, but Missouri held the Bulldogs scoreless for over seven minutes early in the second to establish its own lead midway through the frame. A late surge from the Bulldogs gave them a 56-53 advantage with under two minutes to play, but two missed free throws from Mann allowed Clarkson to nail a 3-pointer to force overtime.
Notes: Georgia coach Mark Fox picked up a win less than 24 hours after attending his father’s funeral in Garden City, Kan. … Jordan Clarkson added 12 for Missouri. … The game was both team’s first in overtime of the year.