Bulldogs get past Gamecocks in overtime

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South Carolina's Laimonas Chatkevicius (from left), Georgia's Brandon Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can't control a loose ball during the first half Saturday.  AJ REYNOLDS/ATHENS BANNER-HERALD
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South Carolina's Laimonas Chatkevicius (from left), Georgia's Brandon Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can't control a loose ball during the first half Saturday.

ATHENS, Ga. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, Charles Mann added 14 and Georgia beat South Carolina 62-54 in overtime on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (13-14, 7-7) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Bruce Ellington finished with 11 points and was the only player to score in double digits for South Carolina (13-14, 3-11).

After Ellington’s 3-pointer with 1:43 left in regulation made it 51-47 and gave South Carolina its biggest lead, the Gamecocks failed to score another field goal for the remainder of the game.

Georgia overcame an atrocious performance on free throws, missing 18 of 46 attempts, but South Carolina hardly helped itself by shooting 50 percent on 24 attempts.

The Bulldogs went more than 6 minutes without a field goal before Caldwell-Pope’s 3 with 11 seconds remaining made it 53-all.

With 4.5 seconds left in regulation, Ellington had his 3-point attempt from the right wing tipped by Mann at the buzzer.

In overtime, Caldwell-Pope hit a runner to give the Bulldogs a 55-53 lead, and Georgia never again trailed.

NO. 5 FLORIDA 71,

ARKANSAS 54

In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 15 points and Patric Young added 14 to pace a balanced attack that helped Florida (22-4, 12-2) rebound from one of its two conference losses with a victory over Arkansas
(17-10, 8-6).

Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy both had 12 points for the first-place Gators, who also bounced back from squandering a 13-point lead over the final 11 minutes of a 63-60 loss at Missouri to regain a two-game lead in the conference over Alabama.

LOUISIANA STATE 97,

ALABAMA 94 (3OT)

In Baton Rouge, La., Johnny O’Bryant capped a 24-point, 10-rebound performance by hitting two free throws inside the final 10 seconds of the third overtime, and Louisiana State (16-9, 7-7) held on for a victory over Alabama (18-9, 10-4).

For the Crimson Tide, the loss spoiled Trevor Releford’s career-best 36-point performance on 14 of 18 shooting, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range.

VANDERBILT 72,

MISSISSIPPI STATE 31

In Starkville, Miss., Kevin Bright scored 15 points and Rod Odom had 13 points to lead Vanderbilt (11-15, 5-9) past poor-shooting Miss­issippi State (7-19, 2-12).

Mississippi State finished 7 for 40 from the field.

TENNESSEE 93,

TEXAS A&M 85 (4OT)

In College Station, Texas, Trae Golden scored a career-high 32 points to lead Tennessee (16-10, 8-6) to its fifth consecutive win, over Texas A&M (16-11, 6-8).

It was the first four-overtime game for Tennessee, and the most extra periods the Aggies have played since dropping a 116-110 five-overtime game to Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008.

Elston Turner had 38 points to lead the Aggies.

MISSISSIPPI 88,

AUBURN 55

In Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, Derrick Millinghaus added 14 and Mississippi (20-7, 9-5) routed Auburn (9-18, 3-11).

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Riverman1 02/24/13 - 08:03 am
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Georgia and Carolina have

Georgia and Carolina have improved a lot recently. Come tournament time they may give others some trouble.

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