The Georgia Bulldogs extended their winning streak to four straight with a 72-66 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. The Bulldogs got a career-best performance from J.J. Frazier and overcame an early deficit to pull off another difficult road win.
Mississippi State landed the first blow and quickly jumped out to a 17-9 lead. Georgia began to chip away at the lead behind the splendid play of J.J. Frazier. Frazier scored 14 of his career-high 37 points in the first half. He and Charles Mann knocked down back-to-back threes in the final 55 seconds of the first half to put Georgia up 36-31 at the break.
Frazier scored the first seven points of the second half to put Georgia in front 43-31. The Bulldogs would maintain that lead for most of the second half before Mississippi State made one more run at the lead. Fred Thomas and I.J. Ready knocked down back-to-back three pointers to cut Georgia's lead to just 65-64 with 2:27 remaining.
Charles Mann and Nemanja Djurisic knocked down a pair of free throws each to put Georgia back up 69-64. Roquez Johnson cut the lead back to three with a pair of free throws of his own. On the next possession, Mississippi State trapped Frazier on the pick and roll and Marcus Thornton missed a long three-point attempt at the end of the shot clock.
Mississippi State couldn't cash in however despite a pair of offensive rebounds. Frazier grabbed a Thomas missed and was quickly fouled with 29 seconds remaining. Frazier missed the first free throw but hustled down the miss in the corner. He was fouled and went back to the line and converted both attempts to put the Bulldogs back up 71-66 and seal the victory.
Frazier knocked down 12-14 field goal attempts and was a perfect 7-7 from three-point range. Thornton finished with 10 points while Charles Mann added seven points, five rebounds and five assists. Georgia converted 49 percent of their field goal attempts and was 11-18 from three-point range.
Roquez Johnson led Mississippi State with 25 points. Craig Sword added 13 points but was just 2-12 from the field.
Georgia improves to 13-5 on the season and 4-2 in SEC play. The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they host Vanderbilt at Stegeman Coliseum.