Games like Friday night's are what March is all about. The Georgia Bulldogs survived with a hard fought 75-73 win over Ole Miss to advance to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. Georgia will take on the No. 2 seed Kentucky Saturday afternoon.
Friday's game was reminiscent of the regular season matchup between Georgia and Ole Miss. The Bulldogs fell behind early but it was nip and tuck for most of the evening with 17 ties and 20 lead changes. The last lead change came with just 17 seconds remaining as Charles Mann put Georgia in front for good with a driving layup.
Ole Miss would have a pair of chances to tie. Marshall Henderson missed a three-pointer and Georgia's Marcus Thornton secured the rebound and was fouled with just three seconds remaining. Thornton converted 1-2 at the line to put the Bulldogs up 75-73 but Ole Miss would have one final chance. Jarvis Summers' missed a desperation attempt and Georgia escaped with the win.
Mann led the Bulldogs with 16 points in just 20 minutes of action. Foul trouble played a huge part in Georgia's slow start. Four of Georgia's starters picked up two fouls in the first half but Mark Fox was able to get a lift from his bench in freshman J.J. Frazier who finished with 11 points, three assists and two steals.
Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris finished with 12 points each. Thornton finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 26 points and Marshall Henderson added 19. Henderson however was just 5-21 from the field and 2-16 from three-point range. Ole Miss as a team hit just 2-25 attempts from beyond-the-arc.
The win keeps Georgia's slim hopes for a bid to the NCAA Tournament alive.