Georgia's losing skid at 6 games

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia put together its best offensive half in more than two weeks, but the result on the scoreboard remained unchanged.

Mississippi State rode a hot start to a 67-61 victory over Georgia Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.

The loss extended Georgia's losing streak to six games, including four in a row to start Southeastern Conference play.

Georgia (9-10, 0-4), which failed to scored 85 points in its past four halves, scored 37 in the second half against Mississippi State.

But it wasn't enough, as Mississippi State hit six consecutive free throws to end the game and hold off Georgia's comeback attempt.

Mississippi State (14-6, 4-1) scored 15 of the first 17 points of the game and threatened to bury Georgia several times.

But Ricky McPhee's hot 3-point shooting led a Georgia comeback that closed the gap to three points in the final minute.

A 3-pointer by Dustin Ware pulled Georgia within 64-61 with 19.2 seconds left.

But Phil Turner sank a pair of free throws to push Mississippi State's lead to 66-61 with 17.4 seconds left.

McPhee led Georgia with a career-high 15 points. Ware had 14 points and Jeremy Price added 10.

Mississippi State was led by Ravern Johnson who scored 21 points, all in the first half. Jarvis Varnado, who leads the nation in blocked shots, added 14 points for Mississippi State and Phil Turner chipped in with 13.

After playing a listless first 25 minutes, Georgia mounted a comeback sparked by three 3-pointers by McPhee.

Georgia outscored Mississippi State 19-6 from the 15:15 mark of the second half to the 11:01 mark.

McPhee hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the run. McPhee's 3-pointer pulled Georgia within 47-43 with 11:01 left in the game.

Reach Roger Clarkson at roger.clarkson@onlineathens.com.


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