NCAAB Game Recap - Auburn at Georgia
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:00 PM EST

GaTec
51
UVA
81
F
Tenn
73
Miss
71
F
Hou
99
ECU
65
F
Marq
61
Vill
67
F
OkSt
80
TxTch
84
F(OT)
UNLV
73
Nev
89
F
Ill
56
Purd
73
F
MD
61
PSU
78
F
Cin
52
SMU
49
F
HolyC
59
Colg
79
F
Campbl
85
USC-Up
73
F
UCF
75
SoFL
63
F
LoyMD
69
Army
79
F
Hartfo
96
Bingha
76
F
Clem
62
Pitt
48
F
Buck
53
Navy
64
F
Boston
84
Lafy
82
F
DeP
73
GTown
82
F
Leh
80
Amer
66
F
MOSt
57
IlSt
65
F
SIU
98
Evans
91
F
UNH
62
Albany
58
F
Radf
72
HiPt
54
F
Presb
70
GWebb
78
F
UMBC
63
Stony
78
F
UMassL
70
Maine
61
F
David
69
LaSal
79
F
Rich
63
GMas
77
F
InWor
60
NWSt
68
F
Duques
47
StBon
68
F
UNCA
48
ChaSo
77
F
Niag
86
Canis
84
F
McNee
84
Nich
75
F
LoyIL
56
NrthIA
55
F
SFA
74
CenAR
92
F
SamH
71
NOrl
60
F
HBU
75
Lamar
110
F
AbCh
73
TXAMC
64
F
IndSt
68
Drake
80
F
Valpa
42
Brad
67
F
(N/A)
64
GrCan
95
F
Lou
59
BC
66
F
Tex
83
Baylor
84
F(OT)
ColSt
76
Bois
62
F
Fla
71
Vand
55
F
Aub
78
UGA
75
F
StJos
66
Ford
52
F
UCRiv
68
CSNor
70
F
Wyo
60
Fres
71
F

Auburn 78, Georgia 75

Feb 27, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Auburn (19-9)

50

28

78

Georgia (10-18)

40

35

75

Okeke hits 3-pointer to lead Auburn past Georgia 78-75
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:56 AM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Inbounding the ball from the baseline with hardly any time left on the shot clock, Auburn didn't have a lot of options.

So, the Tigers threw it up to Chuma Okeke and hoped for the best.

The sophomore forward came through.

Okeke hit the winning 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and Auburn held on for a 78-75 victory over Georgia, handing the Bulldogs their 13th straight Southeastern Conference loss on Wednesday night.

"I did not realize how far behind the line I was," Okeke said.

Georgia's Nicolas Claxton tied the game at 75 on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 54 seconds to go. With the crowd roaring, Georgia buckled down at the defensive end, blocking two straight Auburn shots.

The Tigers retained possession both times, calling timeout with three seconds left on the shot clock to set up a play off an inbounds pass. It wasn't very imaginative - Samir Doughty lofted a pass over Okeke's head out beyond the arc - but it worked out just fine.

The 6-foot-8 Okeke turned and hit a fade-away jumper with a hand in his face.

"It's kind of a no-brainer with 3 seconds to shoot. It's a one-touch possession," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "We wanted size on the catch. A player like Chuma can look over a smaller player and get a quick look. He could rip and go to the basket, but I told him if he liked the catch to shoot it."

Georgia had time to get a quick basket underneath to extend the game, but the Bulldogs ran down the clock trying to get a good look at a tying 3. They wound up taking a desperation heave at the buzzer that didn't hit anything.

"When you're in the pressure of the moment, down 3, most 21-year-old guys are going to try to answer with a 3," said Jordan Harris, who led Georgia with a career-high 18 points. "The smart thing probably would have been to go inside, but we tried to go for the 3. I'm not saying it was a bad idea, but we could've done something better."

Auburn (19-9, 8-7 SEC) bounced back from a 27-point loss at Kentucky to add a much-needed victory to its postseason resume.

It was another heartbreaking loss in a dismal debut season for Crean. The Bulldogs (10-18, 1-14) rallied from a 14-point deficit only to lose their ninth straight overall - the last four by a total of nine points.

"We've done a tremendous job of coming back in these games," Crean said. "But we've got to do a better job in the middle and beginning."

Jared Harper led Auburn with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and Okeke added 13.

After trailing 50-40 at the half, Georgia ripped off a 13-0 spurt that was highlighted by some ferocious work on the boards. After grabbing three straight offensive rebounds, the Bulldogs finally scored when E'Torrion Wilridge laid one in on the fourth shot of the possession.

Derek Ogbeide capped the run with a shot that put Georgia ahead 58-57 - its first lead since early in the opening period.

The teams went back and forth after that, the lead changing hands seven times in the next five minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers desperately needed a victory after last Saturday's debacle in Lexington, and strong work on the offensive boards helped them get it. Even though Georgia held a 31-28 edge in overall rebounds, Auburn pulled down 13 at the offensive end and finished with a commanding 19-4 edge in second-chance points.

Georgia: The Bulldogs extended their school record for consecutive SEC losses and matched their most defeats in conference play since going 2-14 in 2004-05. With two of their last three regular-season games on the road, the Bulldogs are making a run at the worst SEC record in school history - a 2-16 mark in 1973-74.

INJURY REPORT

Both teams were missing key players.

Auburn's Malik Dunbar warmed up but couldn't go because of a strained abdominal muscle, while teammate Austin Wiley didn't make the trip because of an injured right leg. The Tigers used only eight players.

Georgia had to go without its second-leading scorer. Forward Rayshaun Hammonds was wearing a walking boot after hurting his right foot in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss.

UP NEXT

Auburn: Returns home to face Mississippi State on Saturday.

Georgia: Hits the road to take on Florida on Saturday.

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Leaders

Auburn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Harper 22 0 5 0 2 0
C. Okeke 13 0 0 6 1 2
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Hightower 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ngumezi 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Aub UGA
Points For 78 75
Field Goals 29/64-45% 27/51-53%
Three Pointers 11/31-35% 9/21-43%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 13 10
Defensive Rebounds 15 21
Rebounds 33 33
Blocks 3 5
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 7 14
Personal Fouls 16 10
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - Aub Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 12 UGA 78 @ Aub 93 I. Sargiunas 3 J. McCormick 2
Wed Feb 27 Aub 78 @ UGA 75 D. Purifoy 3 C. Harrison 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 7,837
Game Time: