Georgia earned a much needed 91-78 win over LSU Thursday night snapping a three game losing streak in the process.
After struggling of late, the Bulldogs' offense got back on track in a big way against the Tigers. LSU didn't turn in a sterling defensive performance but credit Mark Fox and Georgia for finding something that worked and sticking with it. The Bulldogs attacked the Tigers repeatedly in pick and roll situations and the result was a number of scoring opportunities at the rim.
Georgia began the game with an 8-1 run and led wire-to-wire. They led 23-22 with 7:14 remaining and then closed the half with a 20-8 run to take a 43-30 lead into halftime. LSU cut into the lead in the second half and closed at one point closed to within three points. Georgia didn't blink however and had an answer of their own for every run made by the Tigers.
Nemanja Djurisic led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench. Djurisic knocked down 4-5 from the field and was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Charles Mann finished with 16 points and four assists while Marcus Thornton recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Morris chipped in 11 for the Bulldogs.
Georgia also got some big contributions from some unlikely places. Mann was forced to leave the game after a hard fall on a drive to the basket. Freshman J.J. Frazier entered the game and promptly knocked down a pair of three pointers to help preserve the lead. Juwan Parker added six and Cameron Forte provided a spark early and finished with five points and three assists.
The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 60 percent from the field including 5-9 from beyond-the-arc. They also got to the free throw line frequently going 32-46 from the charity stripe.
Jordan Mickey and Andre Stringer led the Tigers with 19 points each while Jarell Martin finished with 15. Leading scorer Johnny O'Bryant finished with just nine points before fouling out late in the game.
With the win the Bulldogs climb back above the .500 mark for the season at 11-10 and in the conference at 5-4. They are one of four teams that are currently tied for fourth in the SEC standings. Georgia is back in action on Saturday when they host Texas A&M.