Mark Fox's Bulldogs pulled off their biggest win of the season Wednesday night as they knocked off No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in overtime. Georgia gets their first conference win of the season in the opener and snaps the Tigers' 26-game home winning streak.
The Bulldogs set the tempo early getting off to a good start thanks to a stingy defense and some good shooting from Nemanja Djurisic off the bench. Djurisic hit three of his first four three-point attempts in the first half to help stake Georgia to an early lead. Kenny Gaines three with 2:07 remaining in the first half put the Bulldogs up 10 at 30-20. The Tigers closed the half with a 5-0 run and trailed 30-25 at the break.
Things remained tightly contested in the second half. Georgia trailed 53-50 with 3:23 remaining before Gaines and Charles Mann scored six straight points to put the Bulldogs up 56-53. Mann had a chance to increase the lead to five but missed a pair of free throws with just over a minute left. Missouri's Jordan Clarkson tied the game with a three with 53 seconds remaining. Clarkson had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but his jumper was no good and the game went to overtime.
Georgia quickly fell behind in the extra session and trailed by five with 2:53 remaining. Djurisic then scored five straight points including another three from the top of the key to tie things back up at 63-63. Mann put the Bulldogs up for good with a runner in the lane with just 39 seconds remaining. Georgia finished the game on a 12-1 run and closed things out from the free throw line despite struggling there for much of the game.
Mann led the way for the Bulldogs finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Djurisic added 16 points and was 4-5 from three-point range. Gaines added 11 points while Brandon Morris finished with 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Georgia finished just 13-26 at the free throw line but made them when they needed to in the overtime period. The Bulldogs improve to 7-0 on the season when they out rebound their opponents. They outworked the Tigers by a 43-34 margin.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 19 points. Earnest Ross added 15 while Clarkson finished with 12.
It was a bitter sweet win for Fox who lost his Father earlier in the week and attended funeral services on Tuesday. He broke down on the sideline in the game's final moments as his club closed out a much needed win.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a matchup at Stegeman Coliseum against Alabama on Saturday.