Bulldogs bested in double OT

NO. 24 FLORIDA 104, GEORGIA 91 (2 OT)
Georgia's Jeremy Price shoots over Florida's Vernon Macklin. The Gators beat the Bulldogs in double overtime on Tuesday.

ATHENS, Ga. --- Erving Walker missed two free throws that allowed Georgia to keep the game going.

 

He sure made up for it in overtime.

Walker hit a 3-pointer from about 30 feet to force a second overtime, and Chandler Parsons took control from there to lead No. 24 Florida to a 104-91 victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night, a thrilling game between bitter rivals that was so much closer than the final score indicated.

Georgia rallied from eight points down in the last 3 minutes of regulation, tying it when Trey Thompkins banked in a missed shot just ahead of the buzzer. Walker gave the Bulldogs hope in the final 35 seconds, missing the first attempt of a 1-and-1, then making only 1 of 2 on his next trip to the line.

All was forgiven when he buried the NBA-and-then-some 3 with a single tick left in the first overtime.

"It felt good," Walker said. "I knew it had a good shot of going in."

After all that, the finish was anticlimactic. Florida (16-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) scored the first nine points of the second overtime, Georgia (14-5, 3-3) turned it over on consecutive possessions and the Gators coasted to the end, the margin no way indicative of how these teams went at each other.

Parsons buried a huge 3 from the corner and sent the Georgia fans scrambling for the exits when he flew in for a putback that made it 96-88 with 1:40 remaining.

He also had a team-leading 12 rebounds.

Georgia had more turnovers (3) than baskets (2) in the second overtime. Florida went 5 of 7 from the field, 8 of 10 at the foul line and didn't turn it over once.

"It was a devastating loss," said Travis Leslie, who led Georgia with 21 points and had a couple of thunderous dunks that fired up the sellout crowd. "We just have to keep our heads up and keep fighting for it."

"There's worse things in life that are going to happen to them," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "They have no choice but to get back up, and I'll make sure they do that."

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