It wasn't exactly the prettiest game of basketball but a win is a win and Georgia will take that every time. The Bulldogs pulled away from Texas A&M late to post their second straight victory 62-50.
If you have watched this team at all this season then its not unusual to watch them grind out games on the offensive end of the floor. They turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season in Thursday's win over LSU and the short turnaround certainly could have played a part in some of those struggles.
The Bulldogs took a 25-23 lead into halftime despite Gaines, Charles Mann and Marcus Thornton being held scoreless. A&M managed to take the lead a couple of times but the Bulldogs finished strong finishing the game on a 13-2 run.
The Aggies closed to within just two at 49-47 after Gaines was whistled for a foul on Jamal Jones on a three-point attempt. Jones made all three and it looked like Georgia might be shaken. Gaines answered right back with a three and another jumper to put the Bulldogs back up six. A few seconds later Brandon Morris came up with a steal and Mann finished the break with a dunk to extend the lead to eight and Georgia wouldn't be threatened the rest of the way.
Gaines led the way with 14 points on 5-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. He went 0-4 from the field in the first half but was 5-9 in the second. Morris and Mann finished with 10 points each.
With Marcus Thornton struggling, Donte Williams came up with a solid performance inside as he finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Georgia really clamped down on the Aggies defensively holding them to just 34 percent shooting and an eye popping 1-19 from three point range.
Georgia also got a strong contribution from its bench whom Fox used extensively given the short turnaround. All five players off the bench scored led by J.J. Frazier's six. Nemanja Djurisic finished with five and left the game late in the second half with an ankle injury.
Jones led Texas A&M with 17 points but was just 5-21 from the field and 1-10 from three-point range.
With the win, Georgia improves to 12-10 on the season and 6-4 in the SEC. They remain tied for fourth place along with LSU and Tennessee.
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