Ole Miss survived a late rally by Georgia to beat the Bulldogs 66-63 in Athens. The loss drops Georgia to 10-9 overall and 1-4 in the SEC.
The Bulldogs trailed by 11 at the half (34-23) after a 10-run by Ole Miss late in the first half. The Bulldogs managed to cut the lead to six early in the second half, but Ole Miss pulled away and led by ten almost the rest of the game.
With 47 seconds left in the game, Ole Miss made a free-throw to extend their lead back to 10. But after four missed free throws by the Rebels and two three-point field goals by Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Dawgs found themselves trailing by only 4 points with 26 seconds left.
Two more Rebel misses followed by two free-throws from Gerald Robinson cut the lead to 2. Georgia would miss two three-point attempts on their closing possession to end the game.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Hoop Dawgs with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Gerald Robinson added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists for Georgia.
Dustin Ware, who started the game and played 27 minutes, missed all 7 of his shots which were from three-point range.
The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 36.5% (23-63) and 31.0% (9-29) from three-point range.
Georgia’s next game is Tuesday at home against the Kentucky Wildcats (19-1, 5-0 SEC). The game will be televised by ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET.