NCAAB Game Recap - Auburn at Georgia
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Georgia 65, Auburn 55

Feb 19, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(13) Auburn (22-4)

25

30

55

Georgia (13-13)

31

34

65

Edwards leads Georgia to surprising win over No. 13 Auburn
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:39 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Bruce Pearl looked ahead to the postseason when he attempted to place perspective on No. 13 Auburn's loss to a Georgia team on the doorstep of last place in the SEC.

Georgia coach Tom Crean also looked ahead - to next season and beyond - as he celebrated a win that he hopes gives momentum to his efforts to rebuild the program.

Anthony Edwards scored 18 points, including a late 3-pointer to slow Auburn's comeback attempt, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 65-55 on Wednesday night.

Auburn (22-4, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) suffered its second straight loss to a team with a losing record following seven straight wins.

The loss damaged Auburn's hopes of catching No. 10 Kentucky, which leads the SEC.

Pearl also knows losing by double digits at Georgia won't look good when the NCAA Tournament selection committee assigns seeds. He bemoaned missed late opportunities which would have made the final score look better.

"We had a chance to cut it to five, and a five-point loss on the road looks better than a 10-point loss," Pearl said.

Auburn's winning streak ended with Saturday's 85-73 loss at Missouri, another team in the bottom half of the SEC standings.

Each loss came without freshman forward Isaac Okoro, who missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Another freshman, Allen Flanigan, replaced Okoro in the lineup and scored only three points.

Georgia led 55-50 when Edwards' 3-pointer with 2:15 remaining stretched the advantage to eight points.

J'Von McCormick led Auburn with 22 points. Samir Doughty, who had 15 points, cut Georgia's lead to 58-53 with a three-point play with 1:02 remaining. Toumani Camara sank seven of eight free throws in the final 1:01 to help protect the Bulldogs' lead.

It was a rare highlight for Georgia (13-13, 3-10), which had lost eight of nine, including four straight and leads only Vanderbilt in the SEC.

"The win is awesome, there's no question about it," Crean said. "The bottom line is that we're building a program. We are going through growing pains and hard days ... but you don't get a program built if you lose momentum with your fans. They are staying with us, and I'm so thankful for that."

Following the win, Edwards unleashed a yell and ran to celebrate with the student section.

"I told them we can win some games if you stick with us," said Edwards, who leads the nation's freshmen with his average of 19 points.

With Georgia leading 21-14, Crean gave Edwards and other starters a break with 8:33 remaining, The Tigers immediately launched a 9-0 run - with all the scoring coming from McCormick.

McCormick's scoring spree gave Auburn a 23-22 advantage. The run ended on Anfernee McLemore's turnover on an offensive foul. With Edwards and other starters back on the court, the Bulldogs took advantage of the turnover to start their own 9-0 run, including seven points from Sahvir Wheeler, who had 13 points.

Rayshaun Hammonds also had 13 points and Camara had 12 - including 10 on free throws - in Georgia's second win over a top 15 team. The Bulldogs beat No. 9 Memphis 65-62 on Jan. 4.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: McCormick continued to emerge as a go-to scorer. He topped 20 points for the third time in the last four games and only the fifth time this season. He was effective on long-range jumpers, short floaters and drives to the basket.

Georgia: Edwards appeared to have regained some strength after being slowed by flu-like symptoms for the last three games He was held to only six points, matching his season low, in a 74-69 loss at Texas A&M on Saturday. Edwards was active on the boards with six rebounds, but some of his season-high seven turnovers came on unforced errors.

OKORO UPDATE

Auburn was left with a three-guard lineup and appeared to miss the scoring of Okoro, who averages 13.1 points and was with the team. Peal said Okoro won't play until he can return to practice. "Obviously, I'm going to handle that with an abundance of caution," Pearl said. "... We've got to find a way to win without Isaac and win with him when he comes back."

FULL HOUSE

The attendance was 10,181 for Georgia's seventh sellout. "To have a crowd like that on a night like this shows that we're building the program," Crean said.

UP NEXT

Auburn: Returns home to play Tennessee on Saturday.

Georgia: Visits Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Auburn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Williams 0 0 1 6 2 0
B. Akingbola 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Fagan 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. Gresham Jr. 0 0 2 2 1 0

Team Comparison

Aub UGA
Points For 55 65
Field Goals 21/67-31% 21/57-37%
Three Pointers 4/26-15% 7/27-26%
Free Throws 9/13-69% 16/24-67%
Offensive Rebounds 16 13
Defensive Rebounds 29 32
Rebounds 50 50
Blocks 1 7
Steals 9 8
Turnovers 15 15
Personal Fouls 18 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 UGA 60 @ Aub 82 M. Peake 2 J. Williams 4
Wed Feb 19 Aub 55 @ UGA 65 D. Purifoy 2 T. Crump 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 10,181
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