Georgia escapes game vs. Winthrop with win

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ATHENS, Ga. — Gerald Robinson Jr. scored 22 points and fellow guard Dustin Ware 20 points, and they hit clutch free throws and field goals to lead Georgia over Winthrop 92-86 in overtime Tuesday night.

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Georgia guard Gerald Robinson Jr. is fouled by Winthrop guard Andre Jones on his way to the basket in the first half of Tuesday's game. Late free throws by Robinson and Dustin Ware sealed the Dogs' victory.  Curtis Compton/Associated Press
Curtis Compton/Associated Press
Georgia guard Gerald Robinson Jr. is fouled by Winthrop guard Andre Jones on his way to the basket in the first half of Tuesday's game. Late free throws by Robinson and Dustin Ware sealed the Dogs' victory.

Winthrop (4-9) led the final 2½ minutes of regulation, but after Ware’s 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds to go, Robinson went coast-to-coast for a layup with 2.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 76.

In overtime, Ware hit another 3-pointer early and Georgia (8-5) built an 86-78 lead. The Eagles never got closer than four points, but the game wasn’t decided until Ware and Robinson hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds

Andre Jones led Winthrop with 33 points.

Freshman forward Nemanja Djurisic started in place of Marcus Thornton, Georgia’s leading rebounder, who had surgery on his right knee Tuesday. Djurisic reached career highs of 17 points and nine rebounds.

NO. 11 WISCONSIN 64, NEBRASKA 40

In Lincoln, Neb., Ryan Evans scored a career-high 22 points and Wisconsin defeated injury-plagued Nebraska in the Cornhuskers’ inaugural Big Ten game.

The Huskers closed within five points early in the second half, but the Badgers went on a 27-5 run to put the game out of reach.

Jordan Taylor added 15 points as the Badgers (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth consecutive Big Ten opener.

Toney McCray led the Huskers (8-4, 0-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

NO. 23 VIRGINIA 69, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 42

In Charlottesville, Va., Mike Scott scored 10 of his 17 points during a 12-point spurt early in the second half and Virginia overcame a sluggish start.

Darion Atkins added 13 points and Joe Harris 10 points for Virginia, off to an 11-1 start for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

NOTRE DAME 72, NO. 22 PITTSBURGH 59

In South Bend, Ind., Alex Dragicevich hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points to lead Notre Dame past Pittsburgh in the Big East opener for both teams.

Jerian Grant added 15 points and nine assists, and Eric Atkins scored 15 points for the Fighting Irish (9-5, 1-0), who trailed 26-25 at intermission but rallied with a 18 for 25 performance from the field in the second half.

Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 28 games.


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