NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia at Mississippi
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

DelSt
75
NCC
92
F
Manh
49
Sien
63
F
Boston
64
Colg
61
F
How
77
NCAT
86
F
Iona
54
StPet
56
F
App
68
TxSt
85
F
GaSo
81
GASt
62
F
Pitt
58
NCSU
73
F
Wash
70
Ariz
77
F
TXAMC
62
NWSt
79
F
Rice
76
FlInt
85
F
IdaSt
64
NoAZ
62
F
McNee
59
Lamar
80
F
UNC
53
Syr
81
F
UTEP
78
Marsh
86
F
WaSt
82
Colora
68
F
Ida
69
S UT
75
F
BC
58
ND
80
F
Cal
63
Stan
51
F
DeP
71
Xav
67
F
KansSt
53
TCU
49
F
TexSA
69
UAB
74
F
Sac
62
Web
54
F
Mia-FL
64
Clem
69
F
Utah
69
OrSt
71
F
FlAtl
66
OlDom
56
F
GTown
62
StJon
75
F
IaSt
71
OkSt
72
F
Ford
72
GrgWas
52
F
Nebras
64
Ind
89
F
Vand
73
Ark
86
F
StJos
70
GMas
77
F
NW
57
Minn
74
F
UGA
81
Miss
63
F

Mar 11, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

(13) Georgia (16-16)

41

40

81

(12) Mississippi (15-17)

30

33

63

Georgia tops Mississippi 81-63 in SEC Tournament opener
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:59 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rayshaun Hammonds knocked down his first of couple shots and kept firing to jump-start Georgia's impressive beginning to the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Hammonds had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulldogs shot 55% to beat Mississippi 81-63 in Wednesday night's opener of the tournament.

Jordan Harris added 21 points and Sahvir Wheeler 15 for the 13th-seeded Bulldogs (16-16), who never trailed and led by 17 early in the second half. They shot 56% in the first half and made nine of their first 14 after halftime to halt a two-game slide that ended the regular season.

Georgia also made 7 of 18 from long range against No. 12 seed Ole Miss to end a three-game series losing streak to the Rebels. Hammonds made 9 of 13 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc for his seventh 20-point game this season and second in four contests.

"My teammates put me in a great position to score," said Hammonds, who recorded his sixth double-double this season. "Just playing hard. I was just keeping my motor up the whole game. My teammates encouraging me every time. I did the same thing for them. That was the main focus."

Harris shot 8 of 11 overall and made 3 of 4 from long range while Wheeler was 5 of 9 with a 3. What pleased Georgia coach Tom Crean the most was his team's consistency, poise and intensity after losing to Florida before losing by 30 to LSU to close the regular season.

Whether Georgia can sustain it to win four more games in as many days remains to be seen. Most important was starting the gauntlet right by earning the right to play another day.

"It really is about reading the game, seeing how it's going, keeping your foot on the pedal as much as you can," he said. "You don't want to become reckless, careless or a settling, shooting type of team when you get a lead like that.

"There were a couple exceptions to everything that I just said. For the bottom line, not too many. I think that's why we were able to win, we were able to keep going."

Breein Tyree scored 18 points and Devontae Shuler 17 for Ole Miss (15-17), which got within 66-57 with six minutes remaining before Georgia extended the lead to double digits and pulled away. The Rebels shot 42%, including just 2 of 15 from 3-point range, and were edged 33-32 on the boards.

Ole Miss closed the season losing six of its final eight contests.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: With highly-touted freshman Anthony Edwards tying a season low with just six points on 2-of-13 shooting and 1 of 9 from deep, upperclassmen Harris and Hammonds picked up the slack. They also had a highlight moment as Wheeler drained a half-court, buzzer-beating 3 to end the first half. That's a sure sign things were going well, even on the rare off night for their star.

"You look at the stat sheet, plus-18 with him on the court," Harris said of Edwards' play. "I think he still played great. He just didn't hit a lot of shots."

Mississippi: The Rebels never really got in an offensive flow and struggled to contain Georgia's shooters. That combination dug a hole they tried all game to climb out of, getting within nine midway through the second half but no closer.

"They dominated us right from the tip," coach Kermit Davis said. "Couldn't get back in transition. They just had more energy, more physical. Tried to make a run, we just couldn't guard for any length of time."

UP NEXT

Georgia faces No. 5 seed Florida in Thursday's second round, looking to avenge a season sweep by the Gators.

Mississippi's season is over.

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Leaders

Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Brown 0 0 0 1 1 0
D. Gresham Jr. 0 0 2 4 2 0
Mississippi PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Williams 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Crowley 0 0 0 3 0 0

Team Comparison

UGA Miss
Points For 81 63
Field Goals 30/55-55% 25/59-42%
Three Pointers 7/18-39% 2/15-13%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 11/17-65%
Offensive Rebounds 6 10
Defensive Rebounds 27 22
Rebounds 34 34
Blocks 3 2
Steals 7 5
Turnovers 12 15
Personal Fouls 17 19
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 25 Miss 70 @ UGA 60 D. Shuler 3 R. Howard 2
Wed Mar 11 UGA 81 @ Miss 63 T. Fagan 2 S. Hunter 2

Game Information

Stadium: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 0
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