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Georgia vs Ole Miss final score: Bulldogs hold on for 76-72 win in Oxford

Marcus Thornton finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Georgia Bulldogs hold on for a 76-72 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs added another key win to their tournament resume with a 76-72 road victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. Georgia sweeps the season series and improves to 9-6 in conference play.

Neither team got off to a great start offensively but Georgia was able to close the first half strong thanks to some quality shooting from beyond-the-arc. The Bulldogs closed the first half with an 11-2 run to take a 34-23 lead into the intermission. Georgia knocked down 8-16 three point attempts in the first half while Ole Miss was 0-7.

The Bulldogs pushed the lead to as many as 12 points before the Rebels mounted a charge late. Stefan Moody cut Georgia's lead to 60-58 with a three-pointer with 4:02 remaining. The Bulldogs turned to their senior leader in Marcus Thornton who responded with five straight points and seven of the team's next nine to regain some separation.

Sebastian Saiz cut the lead to 71-66 with just 46 seconds remaining but Georgia closed it out from the line making five of their last six attempts.

Kenny Gaines led all scorers with 22 points on 8-15 shooting including 4-7 from three-point range. The Bulldogs finished the game 11-23 from beyond-the-arc.

Marcus Thornton logged a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Nemi Djurisic added 17 including four made threes of his own. Charles Mann finished with 10 points, five assists and just two turnovers.

Moody led Ole Miss with 19 points but was just 5-16 from the field and 2-11 from three-point range. The Rebels finished the game 6-29 from three-point range.

The win is another road victory for the Bulldogs over a quality opponent. Georgia had slid closer to the bubble after suffering losses in four of the last six games. Slowly the team has gotten some key players back from injury and finally is showing signs of getting back to where they were when conference play began.