Georgia falls to 0-2 to start the SEC season after an 87-84 loss in double overtime to LSU. The Bulldogs saw a nine-point lead evaporate in the final moments of the first overtime and allowed the Tigers to come all the way and deny Georgia a big road win.
The Bulldogs led 77-68 with 2:21 remaining in the first overtime after a pair of free throws from J.J. Frazier. LSU then went to work. Tim Quarterman, who had a huge game for the Tigers, got the run started by knocking down a three to cut Georgia's lead back to six. After a pair of free throws from Yante Maten, LSU's Josh Gray converted an old-fashioned three-point play to trim the lead back to five.
Free throw problems would hurt Georgia down the stretch. Marcus Thornton converted one of two to push the lead back to six but Quarterman knocked down another long three-pointer to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 80-77 with 30 seconds remaining. LSU fouled Charles Mann who missed both free throws. Quarterman scored again on the drive and was fouled by Thornton with 19 seconds remaining. He knocked down the free throw to tie the game. Georgia got one last crack to win it but the possession failed to produce a good shot and Frazier's desperation attempt fell short sending the game to a second overtime period.
Georgia couldn't mount much offense and lost one of its key weapons with Kenny Gaines fouled out with 4:01 remaining. Jalyn Patterson converted a pair of free throws to put LSU back in front for good at 83-82. The Tigers left the door cracked when Patterson made one of two at the line to increase the lead to three points with 27 seconds remaining. Again Georgia failed to produce a good shot although there appeared to be some contact on Mann's desperation attempt. No call was forth coming and LSU escaped with the victory.
Georgia needed a big run at the end of regulation just to force overtime. They trailed 64-56 with five minutes remaining before a 7-0 run got them to within a point. Trailing by two, Kenny Gaines drove to the basket and missed but Thornton tipped it in at the buzzer to tie the game up at 67-67 and send the game into overtime.
Gaines led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Thornton had a big day as well with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Georgia shot 41 percent from the field and were 26-35 from the free throw line. They out rebounded LSU 50-34 but didn't have much of an answer for the Tigers' 11 made three-pointers.
Quarterman scored a game-high 27 points including six made threes off the bench. Jordan Mickey finished with 17 while Gray and Patterson added 15 each.