Nemanja Djurisic scored five points with under 1:30 remaining in the game to rally the Georgia Bulldogs to a 65-63 win over the Western Carolina Catamounts.
A sluggish first half resulted in a 29-29 tie between the two teams at the half. Western Carolina then opened the second half with an 8-0 run.
Georgia trailed by 10 points at the 13:04 mark, and then by 10 again with only 7:13 remaining in the game. The Hoop Dawgs then went on a 14-1 run, capped off by a Djurisic three-pointer, to take a 61-58 lead.
WCU battled back to tie the game at 63, but then Georgia’s Charles Mann was fouled with only two seconds left. Mann hit both free throws, which gave Georgia a 65-63 victory after the Catamounts’ final three-point shot came up well short.
Georgia is now 6-4 overall and has won five straight games. But each of those five games were at home against low RPI-ranked teams: Appalachian State (333), UT Chattanooga (336), Lipscomb (211), Gardner-Webb (238), and Western Carolina (243).
Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 17 points. He was 5-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-5 from three, and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.
Charles Mann scored 13 in the winning effort, while Nemanja Djurisic added nine points and Donte’ Williams eight.
The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 50% (18-of-36) and 50% (5-of-10) from three-point range. Again Georgia was bad from the free-throw line. The Dawgs made only 24 of their 38 attempts (63.2%).
Free-throw shooting was also a key stat of the game because, with 38 attempts, Georgia had 28 more than Western Carolina (10).
Georgia’s next game is at #20 Colorado (10-1) on Saturday, Dec. 28. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks at 10pm ET.