Georgia Rallies Late to Beat Western Carolina 65-63

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.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

More in UGA Basketball

Derek Ogbeide

Georgia Forward Derek Ogbeide “Close” to Returning

Brandon SudgeNov 25, 2015
UGA-High Point

Georgia Narrowly Defeats High Point 49-46

Brandon SudgeNov 25, 2015
Turtle Jackson

Hoops Preview: High Point at Georgia

Brandon SudgeNov 25, 2015
Kenny Gaines

Kenny Gaines Named SEC Co-Player of the Week

UGA Sports CommunicationsNov 23, 2015
Kenny Gaines

Gaines’ Career Night Leads UGA in Win

UGA Sports CommunicationsNov 21, 2015
Georgia Bulldogs guard Kenny Gaines (12) attempts a shot during the first quarter of their game against the Chattanooga Mocs. Photo by Ted Mayer

Hoops Preview: Georgia vs. Murray State

Brandon SudgeNov 20, 2015

UGA’s Overtime Rally Falls Short in Season Opener

UGA Sports CommunicationsNov 14, 2015
Stegeman Coliseum

Georgia vs. Chattanooga Preview

Brandon SudgeNov 13, 2015
UGA Basketball

Where is the Love for Georgia Basketball?

Brandon SudgeNov 12, 2015
Kenny Gaines - Charles Mann

Gaines, Mann Named First-Team Preseason All-SEC

UGA Sports CommunicationsNov 12, 2015

© 2015
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties